“This had nothing to do with race. This had everything to do with the presence of a gun,”
Jeronimo Yanez, is a Latino and the police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop along with his partner Joseph Kauser who was also on the scene. Jeronimo Yanez shot multiple times into the car while his girlfriend and 4-year-old daughter were present. Yanez lawyer, Thomas Kelly says he reacted to the man’s gun, not his race. This is hard to believe, or could be accurate seeming as how Philando allegedly told Yanez he had a concealed weapon and a license to carry. If this is so, then that means that Philando appeared to be some kind of a threat to the officer. Philando was shot trying to reach for his papers to show Yanez. Yanez obviously was untrained in the field of what to do if ever coming encounter with someone with a concealed weapon, or was it just the first time encountered with an armed black man?
If Officer Yanez was reacting to “the presence of that gun and the display of that gun” when he opened fire on and killed Philando Castile, then he will have to answer to what it was that led him to fire not once or twice, but four to five times into a man who was not “armed” at that time. When I say armed I mean holding his firing arm targeted on the officer. With Yanez not wearing a “body cam, it will be his word and his partners against Diamond Reynolds and her 4-year-old daughter. Diamond Reynolds is the genius girlfriend of Philando who streamed the aftermath of the shooting live. It was a hard video to watch as millions viewed Philando die right there in the driver seat of his car with the officer’s gun still pointed on the lifeless body for about 3-4 minutes before ambulances are heard arriving.
The two officers, Yanez the shooter and Kauser his partner were reportedly put on “standard” administrative leave. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is allegedly conducting “an independent investigation into the incident,” according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Rev. Jesse Jackson showed up to a rally that lasted 3 straight days outside of the mansion of Minnesota’s Governor in St. Paul.
“We learned to survive apart, now we must learn to live together. We must learn to live together.” – Reverend Jesse Jackson