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.
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 shooter is currently on paid administrative leave with two of his fellow officers patrolling his home for for the safety of Jeronimo, his wife of nearly two years, and his 11-month-old baby.
While Jeronimo’s partner Joseph Kauser — once again, four years of service — did not fire any shots into the car containing Phil, Lavish “Diamond” Reynolds, and her 4-year-old daughter, he was one of the cops who’s initial reaction to the fatal shooting was to handcuff the two surviving victims.
If anything, there’s a clear trend between these two shootings that newer cops without a veteran partner are too quick to pull the trigger.
Do U think Jeronimo and, to a lesser extent, Joseph will ever be held accountable for their actions??
[Image via St. Anthony Police Dept.]