ST. ANTHONY, Minn. (KMSP) - On July 6, 2016, St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez shot and killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minn. It wasn’t the first time Castile had been pulled over by St. Anthony police. It also wasn’t the first time Castile and Officer Yanez encountered each other., according to city records.
Thursday evening, the City of St. Anthony released the incident report from a Nov. 23, 2011 traffic stop involving Philando Castile. The incident report says Castile was pulled over near Hamline Avenue and Nebraska Avenue when the officer on patrol “observed that the driver’s brake light was defective.”
In her Facebook Live video of the July 6, 2016 shooting, Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, says they were pulled over for a broken tail light. She says Castile let the officer know he had a permit to carry a firearm, and that he was reaching for his ID and wallet when he was shot by Officer Yanez.
In the 2011 traffic stop, Castile was arrested without incident on a Hennepin County misdemeanor warrant for driving after revocation. He was driving a 1984 Chevy Monte Carlo at the time. Officer Mark Dokken made the arrest, but the report indicated Officer Yanez was one of two officers who transported Castile to the Hennepin County Jail.
The City of St. Anthony also released the incident report for the July 2 robbery of the Super USA convenience store on Larpenteur Avenue in Lauderdale, Minn. Some media and blog reports are comparing surveillance images of this robbery to images of Philando Castile, suggesting the officers stopped Castile as a possible suspect.
“I can’t comment on that,” Tom Kelly, the attorney representing Officer Yanez, told Fox 9. “But I can tell you that the stop of the vehicle for an equipment violation was not the only reason for the stop.”
The Super USA robbery incident report is heavily redacted. The investigation remains open and active.
Timeline of Philando Castile shooting
JULY 7, 10 AM - Governor: 'Justice will be served in Minnesota'
JULY 7, 9:50 PM - Police officers identified in fatal shooting of Philando Castile
JULY 8, 10:30 AM - Prosecutor considering grand jury in Philando Castile shooting
JULY 9, 8 PM - Protest shuts down Interstate 94 in St. Paul
In its response to a Fox 9 request for additional reports and data, the city said it has no data in the following categories:
The amount of fines for individual stops and citations: This information is compiled by the State of Minnesota State Court Administration, and aggregate data is provided to the City of St. Anthony. The City does not have the amount of individual fines.
The percentage of city revenue made from traffic stops, and court fines and fees, in FY 2015 and FY 2014 broken down by race and offense: The City does not hold this information. To the extent it exists, it is held by Hennepin County and Ramsey County for 2014 and part of 2015, or by the State of Minnesota for part of 2015 and 2016.
Complaints against Officer Yanez and/or complaints against Officer Kauser: The City has determined that it has no record of complaints against either officer. The City of Saint Anthony is continuing to process the request for other types of personnel data for both officers, and will be releasing additional data as soon as it is available.
All information about complaints lodged or lawsuits filed by residents or community members against the police department, any of its police officers or first responders, or the city, for failure to adequately render aid: The City is not aware of any such complaints.
Incident reports, police reports or other data involving Diamond Reynolds: There are none, other than the incident report for the 7/6/16 stop that was previously produced on 7/11/16.
The dates and circumstances of any previous shootings by Officer Yanez: There are none.
All information regarding any and all aid rendered at the scene of the shooting including the names of the officers and agencies who rendered aid, what time it was rendered, and what type of aid was rendered: To the extent any responsive data exists, it is no longer in the possession of the City of Saint Anthony because it was turned over as part of the investigation.
The names of all the officers, first responders and agencies that were at any point on the scene of the shooting: The incident report previously produced contains some information responsive to this request. To the extent any other responsive data exists, it is no longer in the possession of the City of Saint Anthony because it was turned over as part of the investigation.