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.
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.]