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Philando Castile & The Cop Who Shot Him Had Met Before!

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Another wrinkle of the Philando Castile tragedy has been revealed…

As you'll remember from early this month, Castile was shot and killed by St. Anthony, Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop when the officer thought the 32-year-old cafeteria supervisor was going for a gun rather than his wallet.

And even as the national outrage generated from that unspeakable tragedy has begun to die to down, we just learned another notable detail about the shooting: Castile and Yanez had crossed paths before.

Related: Taraji P. Henson & More Celebs React To Philando's Death

The city of St. Anthony released Castile's driving record late Thursday night, revealing that on November 23, 2011, Yanez was one of the officers listed as booking Castile into jail after he was pulled over in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, for driving with a broken tail light.

During the stop, Officer Yanez and his colleagues found Castile had been driving on a revoked license, and they arrested him.

It is unclear what role the officer played in that arrest, considering there were multiple officers listed on the report, but he clearly had dealt in some way with Castile less than five years before shooting him during a traffic stop this month.

Just a coincidence? A chilling footnote in an already tragic case? We may never know…

[Image via St. Anthony Police Dept.]

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Philando Castile's Girlfriend Explains Why She Recorded His Final Moments In First Sit-Down TV Interview Since Shooting

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Five days later and still no justice…

Diamond Reynolds had the unbelievable misfortune of recording her boyfriend's death last week, but she and Philando Castile's friends and family sure are lucky she did.

That's because lawyers for Jeronimo Yanezthe man who shot and killed the 32-year-old cafeteria worker for having a "wide nose" on Wednesday — are trying to say he was simply reacting to "the presence of [a] gun."

Related: Taraji P. Henson & More Celebs React To Philando Castile's Death

Luckily, the mother-of-one streamed Philando's death on Facebook Live, which not only proves that Phil did NOT have a gun in his hands when he was shot, it makes her series of events pretty difficult for Minnesota police to refute.

For some reason or other (i.e. racism), the St. Anthony Police Department has yet to formally charge Jeronimo for Philando's death, so Diamond and her attorney stopped by MSNBC on Monday to share her side of the story with Tamron Hall in her first official sit-down with the press.

We cannot imagine what was going through Diamond's mind when she realized "it was gonna be law enforcement's word over [hers]", but we applaud her for being so brave!

Ch-ch-check out Diamond Reynold's illuminating interview with Tamron Hall (below)!!!

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Police Dispatch Audio Reveals Cops Pulled Over Philando Castile's Car Due To His 'Wide Set Nose'

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This is horrifying, and very telling about where these officers' heads were.

A TV station in Minnesota has uncovered what looks to be police dispatch audio from the very call where Philando Castile ended up shot and killed during a traffic stop after police officers thought he was going for a gun rather than his driver's license.

Related: Taraji P. Henson & More Celebs React To Philando Castile's Death

Most disturbingly in the dispatch audio is the fact of why the officers pulled the car over in the first place — and it sure sounds like some disgusting racial profiling took place.

After a robbery in the area several days before the incident, cops were apparently on the lookout for the suspects, so when the report came in about Castile's car, they decided to pull it over.

How they described Castile, though, ought to make your blood boil:

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These Are The Cops Involved In The Shooting Death Of Philando Castile

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Perhaps this can start the healing process for his friends and family.

The senseless deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling have been at the forefront of most Americans' minds this week, and we're saddened yet hopeful to update you on the killing in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.

While we've already shared what we know about the police officers who shot at killed Alton early Tuesday morning, we're now finding out more about the men involved in Philando's death on Wednesday as well.

Related: Taraji P. Henson & More Celebs React To Philando Castile's Death

According to multiple reports, Jeronimo Yanez (above, left) has been with the St. Anthony Police Dept. for only four years — coincidentally the same length of time as Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II in Baton Rouge — and was the officer directly responsible for Philando's death.

From the Facebook Live video, we know that Jeronimo was visibly shaken after firing at least four shots into the cafeteria worker's right arm… not that that fact makes his actions any less monstrous.

As is typical for cases like this, the

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Taraji P. Henson, Laverne Cox, Lady GaGa, & More React To The Death Of Philando Castile

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We cannot believe this already happened again.

As we previously reported, a 37-year-old father-of-five named Alton Sterling became a victim of Police Brutality early Tuesday morning when cops in Baton Rouge, Louisiana pinned him to the ground and shot him in the back at least five times despite not even having a weapon in his hands.

Unfortunately, Alton's death was not the only murder of a black man to happen this week, because 32-year-old Philando Castile was shot by police four times during a routine traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota on Wednesday night.

Related: Jesse Williams & Other Celebs React To Alton Sterling's Murder

Once he was shot, Philando's girlfriend Diamond Reynolds immediately began streaming the incident on Facebook Live, where she claimed the officer shot her boyfriend when he was reaching for his ID, just as the officer commanded. In fact, Philando even told the officer who shot him that he had a concealed carry permit just to be safe… but why isn't the NRA defending his 2nd Amendment rights??

While Philando and Alton were both taken too soon, both incidents were caught on video, which means celebrities and everyday people alike are closer to these stories than ever before.

As such, celebs who support the Black Lives Matter movement have spoken out about Philando's killing on social media, saying:

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Prince Was Likely Dead For Hours Before His Body Was Found, According To New Reports

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As time goes on, we are learning more about Prince's tragic death.

And after the singer shockingly passed one month ago, the official autopsy and other reports are providing more news about the circumstances of that death.

Related: Prince's Siblings Setting Up Rival All-Star TV Specials

Today, a new report from the Star Tribune in Minneapolis has revealed that the Grammy winner was likely dead for more than six hours before his body was found in an elevator at his estate in Paisley Park.

Sheriff's deputies received a call at

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Paul McCartney Plays A Touching 'Hometown Tribute' To Prince During Minneapolis Concert! Watch!

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Since the tragic passing of Prince last month, almost everyone under the sun has honored the legendary musician with emotional performances and touching memories.

But Paul McCartney saved his tribute to the Purple One for his Wednesday concert, because he was playing in the late icon's hometown of Minneapolis!

Kicking off the first of his two-night stop at the Target Center in Minnesota, the former Beatle stood in front of Prince's famous symbol while rocking out to a rendition of Let's Go Crazy.

Related: Percocet Was Reportedly Found In Prince's System When He Died

After the performance, the 74-year-old dedicated the show to "the late, great Prince," telling the audience:

"Here's to the man. Loved that guy. Thank you, Prince, for writing so many beautiful songs, so much music. And he's your guy."

This touches our hearts!

Ch-ch-check out McCartney's AH-Mazing hometown tribute (below)!

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