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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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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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