YOUR boyfriend has just been shot in the arm for reaching for his gun. Do YOU ...
A. reach for YOUR cellphone?
B. take a selfie?
C. continue agitating police with YOUR child in the back seat?
D. apply pressure to YOUR boyfriend's arm so he doesn't bleed out!
YOU do not have to live in Roseau County to answer this question.
In fact, Eye believe South St. Paul plans to use this question in the upcoming November Pole quiz.
I have to go with A B and C but we cant blame her for the shooting. It seems to me that the cop effed up. Our Governor sure knows what to say in times of crisis. He may have to leave Summit Avenue the way he left DC when he was a Senator. Scary.
But why does no one have room for: " The police officer made a mistake. He would have made the same mistake if the deceased was Hispanic, Asian, White .. etc"
I have seen pictures of Officer Yanez and he looks Hispanic to me. Are Hispanics out to pull over Blacks and kill them too?
“I told him not to reach for it!” Yanez can be heard shouting in the video. “I told him to get his hands up.”
Reynolds responded, “He was just getting his license and registration, sir.”
Castile was shot five times, his family said. Police report that a gun was recovered from the scene.
The Hennepin County medical examiner announced that Castile’s death has been ruled a homicide, and in a statement, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension announced that the incident is under investigation. Both Yanez and Kauser, who was also present during the shooting, have been placed on administrative leave.
The incident shocked Jeff Bumgarner, a former department chair at Minnesota State who taught Yanez in classes on policing. Bumgarner, who teaches at North Dakota State University, said Yanez was admired by his classmates and professors for his “servant’s heart.”
“He was extremely polite,” Bumgarner said. “He had a real sincere interest in public service. He seemed to be going into law enforcement for the right reasons.”
An example of his character, Bumgarner said, was the Baton of Honor, given each semester to the top students majoring in law enforcement.
“He was extremely friendly and helpful to others,” Bumgarner said. “He was exactly what you want to see in someone going into law enforcement.”
Bumgarner, a well-known criminal justice scholar, said he was not aware of the circumstances of the Castile shooting.
The notion that the reason for the shooting was racially motivated, Bumgarner said, “just doesn’t ring true about what I know about Jeronimo.”
Thomas Kelly, an attorney representing Yanez, said that the officer had left town to be with his wife and child. Kelly said Yanez, who is Hispanic, “is not a racist, and this incident had nothing to do with race and had everything to do with the presence of a gun, and the presence of that gun, permitted or not, was what led to the driver being shot.”
Kelly said that when he met Yanez hours after the incident at the police department, the officer was still shaken.
“He was very upset about this whole incident, and he remains that way,” Kelly said. “He was distraught, anxious and stressed and feeling the effects of his trauma.”
Kelly said that Yanez has no disciplinary actions in his employee file at the department, and court records show he has not faced any civil lawsuits.
“He is a sensitive and caring individual, and he has demonstrated that sensitivity and caring in his whole career in St. Anthony,” Kelly said. “He’s well liked by the community.”
Kelly declined to go into detail about the case, but he did note that Castile’s broken taillight “was not the only reason for the stop.” According to local news reports, Castile matched the description of a robbery suspect.