Philando Castile

Philando Castile

July 6, 2016

Falcon Heights, Minnesota

What Happened: Philando Castile, a 32 year old nutrition services supervisor, was shot and killed by St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez. Castile was driving with his partner and four year old daughter when he was pulled over. Yanez told him he stopped him because his brake light was out, and asked for his license and registration. Castile handed it over, and then said: “Sir, I have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me” (he was licensed to carry). The conversation escalated as Yanez shouted repeatedly “Don’t pull it out” before drawing his gun and firing inside the car seven times, hitting him five times. (Footage available from a police dashcam).

Charges: Yanez was charged with second-degree manslaughter and two counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm. He was acquitted of all charges on June 16, 2017. A wrongful death lawsuit by the Castile family settled for $3 million.

Aftermath: Yanez was fired after the verdict. There were widespread protests. The Philando Castile Memorial Scholarship was created at St. Paul Central High School. The Philando Castile Relief Foundation was created, a charity focusing on paying school lunch debts/addressing gun violence in Minneapolis (Castile, a cafeteria worker, would often pay for the lunches of students who could not afford to).