Jul 7, 2016 11:23 PM
The Latest: Authorities ID officers in fatal shooting
The Associated Press
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on a police shooting in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota (all times local):
Authorities have identified the two police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a black Minnesota man during a traffic stop.
The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension names them as Officer Jeronimo Yanez and Officer Joseph Kauser. It says both have been with the St. Anthony Police Department for four years.
The BCA statement says Yanez approached Philando Castile's car from the driver's side during the stop in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights on Wednesday night, and Kauser from the passenger side. It says Yanez opened fire, striking Castile multiple times.
No one else was injured.
Thomas Kelly, an attorney representing Yanez, did not immediately return a call seeking comment after the officers were identified. Kelly declined to comment on the case earlier Thursday.
The BCA says its investigation is ongoing, including interviews with witnesses. Several videos, including squad car video of the incident, have been collected. St. Anthony officers don't wear body cameras.
The statement does not give the officers' races. Castile was black.
An autopsy has confirmed that a black Minnesota man who was shot by a police officer during a traffic stop died of multiple gunshot wounds.
The initial report from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office says Philando Castile died at 9:17 p.m. Wednesday in the emergency room at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
But the report does not say how many times Castile was hit or give details about the wounds he suffered in the incident in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights.
It lists the manner of death as homicide.
Mark Zuckerberg has issued a statement on his Facebook account saying the images from the aftermath of the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile show that the world has a long way to go in building a "more open and connected world."
The Facebook CEO said Thursday that he watched video that shows the aftermath of the shooting. Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, posted video of the aftermath using Facebook Live.
Zuckerberg says: "The images we've seen this week are graphic and heartbreaking, and they shine a light on the fear that millions of members of our community live with every day. While I hope we never have to see another video like Diamond's, it reminds us why coming together to build a more open and connected world is so important — and how far we still have to go."
Hundreds of protesters have braved the rain and gathered outside the Minnesota governor's official residence to protest the police shooting of a black man.
The crowd swelled to more than 1,000 for a time as people marched from a vigil Thursday evening for Philando Castile. The 37-year-old was fatally shot during a traffic stop Wednesday night in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights. His girlfriend posted video of the aftermath using Facebook Live.
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton waded through the crowd as protesters chanted: "What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now." The governor did not attempt to address the noisy crowd through the protesters' underpowered public address system.
Police blocked vehicles from stately Summit Avenue in front of the mansion to accommodate the huge crowd.
Google has joined those voicing outrage and dismay over the police shootings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota.
Posting on its corporate Twitter account, Google said employees held vigils for both men and "all those like them whose lives have been cut short unfairly." The post said employees were devastated by the deaths and added that the company stands "in solidarity with the fight for racial justice." The tweet included the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.
While many corporations try to avoid sensitive issues, Google often endorses social causes on its home page and social media. The company recently tweeted in support of gay pride celebrations and expressed sympathy for victims of a terrorist attack in Turkey.
The mother of a black man who was fatally shot during a suburban Minneapolis traffic stop says, "This has to stop, right now."
Valerie Castile spoke at a vigil Thursday evening outside J.J. Hill Montessori, a St. Paul Public Schools magnet school where her son, Philando Castile, supervised the cafeteria.
Valerie Castile called her son "an angel." She said she never thought she would lose him.
Philando Castile was fatally shot after being pulled over in Falcon Heights on Wednesday night.
Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, was in the car and broadcast the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook.
Reynolds also spoke at the vigil. She said the shooting was "cruel" and called for justice for her boyfriend.
This item has been corrected to correct day of vigil to Thursday instead of Wednesday.
President Barack Obama says all fair-minded people in the U.S. should be concerned about the problem of frequent police shootings of black people.
Obama is speaking about the fatal police shootings of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. He says statistics show disparities about how African-Americans and Hispanics are treated by police.
He says America must say "we're better than this." He says it's not just a black or Hispanic issue.
Obama says when incidents like this occur, many Americans feel it's because they're not being treated the same. He says, "That hurts."
The president says he has respect for the vast majority of police officers.
Obama spoke from a hotel in Warsaw, Poland, just after arriving for a NATO summit.
A Minnesota police union says it knows that people are "angry, discouraged and heartbroken" by the fatal shooting of a black driver by a police officer in a Minneapolis suburb.
But Law Enforcement Labor Services says there is "still a great deal" unknown about what happened and why. It says the officers involved have the right to due process.
Philando Castile was fatally shot after being pulled over in Falcon Heights on Wednesday night. Castile's girlfriend was in the car and broadcast the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook.
In its statement Thursday, the union representing the officers called Castile's death "a terrible tragedy for all involved, especially for his family and loved ones." It says the graphic video is "difficult to watch."
The U.S. Justice Department says it is monitoring a Minnesota agency's investigation into the fatal shooting of a black driver by a police officer in a Minneapolis suburb, but that it isn't yet taking an active role.
The department released a statement Thursday saying it "stands ready to provide assistance" to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and "is prepared, as necessary, to conduct further investigation."
FBI Director James Comey says he was briefed on the Minnesota case Thursday morning and expects the bureau will be involved, as it is in similar cases.
Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday that he had asked for the Justice Department to investigate Wednesday's fatal shooting of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights. Police apparently stopped Castile for a broken taillight and an officer shot him several times as he sat in his car.
Castile's girlfriend was in the car and broadcast the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook.
Gov. Mark Dayton says he is "heartbroken for Minnesota" over the fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer in a Minneapolis suburb.
Dayton told reporters Thursday that "nobody should be shot and killed in Minnesota for a traffic taillight."
Philando Castile had been pulled over for an apparent broken taillight when he was shot by the officer Wednesday in the suburb of Falcon Heights.
The Democratic governor says "justice must be served," but that he wants the state investigation to take its course.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating. State Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman says investigators were working Wednesday afternoon to interview the officer who fired the shots.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he doesn't think a police officer would have shot and killed a driver who apparently was pulled over for a broken taillight if the driver had been white instead of black.
Dayton said Thursday at a news conference in St. Paul that he thinks the police response was "way over" what was called for when the officer shot Philando Castile several times as he sat in his car Wednesday in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights.
Dayton, a Democrat, says nobody should be killed for a broken taillight or while sitting in their car and that he was "deeply, deeply offended" by Castile's death.
Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, broadcast the aftermath of the shooting from inside the car on Facebook. Castile later died.
A law enforcement expert says the Twin Cities police officer who fatally shot a black man should have delivered first aid when it was clear he was no longer a threat.
William Moulder is a police consultant and longtime former police chief in Des Moines. Moulder says the officer should have rendered aid to Philando Castile within a minute or two because it was clear there was no threat.
Castile was shot after a traffic stop Wednesday night in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul. His girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, broadcast the aftermath of the shooting from inside the car on Facebook. Castile later died.
Reynolds and relatives say he wasn't tended to until paramedics arrived more than 10 minutes later.
The Facebook footage shows Castile motionless inside the car for several minutes.
President Barack Obama says the deadly shootings by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota are not isolated incidents. He says the U.S. has a "serious problem."
Obama reacted to the pair of controversial deaths in a Facebook post Thursday. He says all Americans should be "deeply troubled."
Obama says the incidents are symptoms of broader challenges in the criminal justice system. He says they reflect racial disparities that persist "year after year." Obama says that's created a lack of trust between law enforcement officers and their communities.
Obama says he's limited in what he can say about the cases. But he says he's "encouraged" the U.S. Justice Department is conducting a civil rights investigation into the Louisiana incident.
But Obama also says the U.S. must show respect and appreciation for police.
The White House says President Barack Obama is "deeply disturbed" by reports of police shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama is following the situations closely. But he tells reporters aboard Air Force One that the White House can't comment more specifically while the cases are being investigated.
In the Louisiana case, the federal Justice Department is conducting a civil rights investigation into the fatal shooting of a black man by two white police officers.
Earnest is noting the task force on policing that Obama established to improve ties and trust between police and law enforcement. He's urging local policing agencies to implement the Justice Department's recommendations.
Earnest spoke as Obama was flying to Poland for a NATO summit.
A black man fatally shot by a suburban Twin Cities police officer was a 2001 graduate of Central High School in St. Paul who had worked for the school district since he was 19 years old.
A statement on the St. Paul Public Schools website says Philando Castile started working for the district in the Nutrition Services Department in 2002. The statement says when Castile interviewed for his supervisory position he wore a suit and tie and said his goal was to one day "sit on the other side of this table." He eventually won a promotion and became a respected supervisor.
The statement says colleagues described Castile as "a team player who maintained great relationships with staff and students alike."
Superintendent Valeria Silva says she is "deeply sorry" for Castile's family and calls him "one of our own."
A former school principal who employed a black man fatally shot by a suburban Twin Cities police officer has described him as "a warm person and a gentle spirit" who loved his job and never missed work.
Katherine Holmquist-Burks said Thursday that she hired Philando Castile three years ago to supervise the cafeteria at J.J. Hill Montessori, a St. Paul Public Schools magnet school.
She says Castile supervised two employees and ran the cafeteria for 530 students and 85 staff. She says he was friendly and that no one ever complained about his work.
Holmquist-Burks, who retired July 1, says she heard about Castile's death on the news Thursday morning. She went to the governor's mansion, in the same neighborhood as the school, to join a vigil.
She says she wants the world to know he was "a great person."
The grandfather of the man fatally shot by police in a St. Paul suburb says his grandson was a person who stayed out of trouble.
Eighty-nine-year-old Sam Castile, of St. Paul, says his grandson, Philando Castile, was a "guy who went about his business," went to work and back home to his mother and sister.
Castile was fatally shot behind the wheel of a car in Falcon Heights Wednesday night after he was pulled over by an officer from St. Anthony. Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds and her young daughter were also in the car, but were not injured. Reynolds says she was detained by police until 5 a.m. Thursday.
The girlfriend of a black man who was fatally shot by a suburban Twin Cities police officer says her boyfriend was killed even though he complied with the officer's instructions.
Diamond Reynolds told reporters Thursday that Philando Castile did "nothing but what the police officer asked of us, which was to put your hands in the air and get your license and registration."
Castile was killed Wednesday night in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights.
Reynolds says other officers at the scene didn't check on Castile after the shooting, but that they tried to calm the officer involved as they put her in a police car.
She didn't know the officer's name but described him as Asian.
Gov. Mark Dayton says he's pressing for a federal investigation into the police shooting of Philando Castile.
Dayton said Thursday he spoke on the phone with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough to request that the U.S. Department of Justice launch an investigation independent of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension probe.
Dayton offered condolences to Castile's family, friends, and the community as demonstrators gathered outside his residence.
Castile was shot in a car Wednesday night in the largely middle-class St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights. A woman in the vehicle who identified herself as Castile's girlfriend apparently livestreamed the aftermath in a widely shared Facebook video. St. Anthony Police interim police chief Jon Mangseth said the incident began when an officer from his agency initiated a traffic stop.
The mother of a man fatally shot by a suburban Twin Cities police officer says she had instructed her son to always "comply" if he was ever stopped by law enforcement.
Valerie Castile told CNN Thursday that her son, Philando Castile, didn't deserve "to be shot down like this."
The 32-year-old man was shot in a car Wednesday night in the largely middle-class St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights.
Valerie Castile says her son was just "black in the wrong place" and that he was a victim of "a silent war against African American people."
Police have not released details about the officer involved.
She says she's angry that officials wouldn't let her identify her son's body and that she will have to wait until after the autopsy to see him.
About 200 people are gathered outside the Minnesota Governor's Residence in St. Paul, protesting the fatal shooting of a man by a suburban police officer.
The crowd chanted early Thursday morning, demanding action from Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. Police prevented vehicles from approaching, but music blared from a car parked just outside the gate, which protesters festooned with yellow police line tape.
"No justice, no sleep," the protesters chanted. "Mark Dayton, do you care?"
It wasn't immediately clear if the governor was home. The lights inside the mansion were mostly off.
Dayton's spokesman didn't immediately respond to an inquiry from The Associated Press.
Family members of the man fatally shot by a suburban Twin Cities police officer say he was a 32-year-old cafeteria supervisor at a Montessori school.
Clarence Castile told the Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/29pvme1 ) his nephew, 32-year-old Philando Castile, died minutes after arriving at the hospital. Clarence Castile was at the Hennepin County Medical Center with other family members.
Clarence Castile says Philando Castile had worked in St. Paul's J.J. Hill school cafeteria for 12 to 15 years. He says his nephew was a "good kid."
Among other family members at the hospital was Philando Castile's cousin, Antonio Johnson, who told the newspaper Castile was "a black individual driving in Falcon Heights who was immediately criminally profiled."
Police have said the incident began when an officer initiated a traffic stop in suburban Falcon Heights but have not further explained what led to the shooting.
An official says the police officer who fatally shot a man in Minnesota is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.
St. Anthony Police interim police chief Jon Mangseth didn't take any questions during an early morning news conference. He read aloud a brief statement the department issued earlier, then added that "the officer involved" had been put on standard leave.
Mangseth had said earlier that he wasn't sure how many officers were involved in the shooting, which happened after a traffic stop.
He also said earlier that he didn't have "much information" about what led to the shooting. Authorities have not identified the man who was killed.
A video posted Wednesday night on Facebook Live appeared to show an incident like the one police described.
The Associated Press couldn't immediately verify the authenticity of the video. Mangseth said he had been "made aware there was a livestream on Facebook" but said he had not yet seen the video and didn't know anything about its contents. He didn't address it during the news conference.
A Minnesota police department says a man has died after an officer-involved shooting.
The St. Anthony Police Department said in a statement early Thursday morning that the man, who was taken to a hospital after being shot, has died.
St. Anthony Police interim police chief Jon Mangseth told reporters at a news conference earlier that the incident began when an officer from his agency initiated a traffic stop around 9 p.m. Wednesday in Falcon Heights, a St. Paul suburb.
Mangseth said he didn't have "much information" about what led to the shooting.
The statement doesn't give further details, saying only that "shots were fired" during the stop.
Police did not immediately identify the victim.
A crowd of protesters has gathered at the scene where a man was shot by police in suburban St. Paul.
Local media report dozens of people congregated early Thursday morning in Falcon Heights near where police said the man was shot after an officer initiated a traffic stop. The man was taken to a hospital in unknown condition. It wasn't immediately clear what led to the shooting.
KARE-TV reports the crowd was chanting, "We will stand our ground. We will not move," as officer attempted to clear the area.
The TV station reports another crowd has gathered at the hospital where the man was taken.
An official says a man has been taken to a Minnesota hospital in unknown condition after being shot by police while inside a car with a woman and a child.
St. Anthony Police interim police chief Jon Mangseth told reporters at a news conference that the incident began when an officer from his agency initiated a traffic stop around 9 p.m. Wednesday in Falcon Heights, a St. Paul suburb.
Mangseth says he didn't have "much information" about what led to the shooting.
He says the woman and child weren't hurt.
A video posted Wednesday night on Facebook Live appeared to show an incident like the one police described. The video showed a woman sitting in a car with a man whose shirt appeared to be soaked in blood, saying an officer shot her boyfriend.
The Associated Press couldn't immediately verify the authenticity of the video. Mangseth says police are aware of the video but wouldn't comment further.