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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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President Barack Obama Speaks Out About Police Shootings Of Philando Castile & Alton Sterling

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President Barack Obama is speaking up after these terrible tragedies.

This week, two black men were shot and killed by police officers in two separate shootings that took place within one day of each other.

On Tuesday, Alton Sterling was pinned to the ground in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by two cops, when one of the responding officers fired multiple rounds into him, claiming he was armed.

Then, on Wednesday, Philando Castile was shot multiple times by a police officer during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota as he was reaching for his license and registration.

Related: Celebrities React To Philando's Controversial Killing

Both men died from their injuries.

And now, the Commander-in-Chief has made a moving statement about the poor victims after landing in Poland on Thursday, saying:

"When incidents like this occur, there's a big chunk of our citizenry that feels like, because of the color of their skin, they're not being treated the same. And that hurts. That should trouble all of us…. This is not just a black issue. It's not just a Hispanic issue. It's an American issue."

He also pushed for a more widespread adoption of the Task Force on 21st Century Policing that he set up two years ago, adding:

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These Are The 2 Cops Involved In The Shooting & Killing Of Alton Sterling

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If the real courts won't do anything… maybe the court of public opinion will.

As we previously reported, Alton Sterling died early Tuesday morning when two Baton Rouge, Louisiana police officers pinned him down and either one or both shot him multiple times.

Since Alton's family — including his five children — will never be able to see their father again, we thought it was only fair that we share a little bit about the men who ended his life.

Related: Jesse Williams & More Celebs React To Alton Sterling's Death

Blane Salamoni (above, left) is a 28-year-old who has been with the Baton Rouge Police Department for just four years.

His mother, Melissa Salamoni, used to be a police captain herself, and his father,

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Philando Castile's Girlfriend Shares More Shocking Details About Shooting Like How Police Comforted The Cop Who Killed Philando Instead Of Her

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See Diamond 'Lavish' Reynolds impassioned speech here.

Something has got to change.

In Falcon Heights, Minnesota on Wednesday, Philando Castile was killed by a police officer who shot him multiple times during a traffic stop.

Related: Celebrities React To Philando's Controversial Killing

His girlfriend, Diamond "Lavish" Reynolds, filmed the gruesome aftermath of the horrific scene and posted on Facebook Live.

While her man bled to death in the car, she explained that they had been pulled over for a supposed broken tail light, and Philando was reaching for his license and registration when he was shot repeatedly — with her four-year-old daughter in the backseat.

On Thursday, Lavish met with press and protesters gathered outside Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's mansion, where she opened up about her boyfriend's murder, exclaiming that she shared the graphic, tragic video to highlight the violent discrimination black people face at the hands of the authorities:

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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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