May 29, 2017 05:30 PM
A timeline in key events that have led up to the trial of police officer Jeronimo Yanez in the shooting death of Philando Castile. The trial begins Tuesday, May 30:
• July 6, 2016 – Philando Castile is shot and killed by officer Jeronimo Yanez in a traffic stop in Falcon Heights. The traffic stop happened around 9 p.m. The medical examiner said Castile died at 9:37 p.m. Interim St. Anthony Police Chief Jon Mangseth addressed members of the media at the scene at 10:45 pm.
• July 7 – The shooting scene is cleared by 1:45 am. Protesters begin to gather at the Governor's residence at around 2 a.m. At 10 a.m., the Minneapolis NAACP held a news conference. At 10:30 a.m., Gov. Mark Dayton made statements about the shooting. At 3 p.m., Gov. Mark Dayton held a news conference to talk about the shooting. At 5:30 p.m., a vigil is held for Castile is held at J.J. Hill Montessori school; and then-President Barack Obama addresses deadly officer-involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. At 9:50 p.m., the BCA identifies the two officers involved in the shooting.
• July 8 – At 1 a.m., police donned riot gear as protesters became more aggressive near Summit Avenue and Oxford Street in St. Paul. At 10 a.m., Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said he will decide later whether he or a grand jury will make the decision on whether charges will be filed in the shooting death of Castile.
Meanwhile, roughly 60 students at a local Freedom School wrote letters to the head of the St. Anthony Police Department sharing their feelings about the recent shooting.
Additionally, Roseville Police Chief Rick Mathwig says four officers worked to save Castile's life; they performed CPR and then went a step further, using a defibrillator to shock Castile's heart.
The St. Paul police headquarters also went on lockdown. The president of the St. Paul Police Federation said the last time anyone could remember a lockdown at headquarters was in 2005 when Sgt. Gerald Vick was shot and killed.
• July 9 – Minneapolis attorney Thomas Kelly tells the Associated Press that St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was reacting to "the presence of that gun and the display of that gun" when he opened fire on Philando Castile. Kelly declined to elaborate on how Castile displayed the weapon or what led up to the deadly traffic stop.
At 7 p.m., a group of protesters that first gathered in Loring Park made their way through the streets of downtown Minneapolis Saturday evening following the officer-involved shooting death of Philando Castile. The march continued down Hennepin Avenue where a group of about 100 wore red shirts to symbolize the bloodshed at the hands of the police, according to participants.
At around 9:30 p.m., police used smoke bombs to clear demonstrators blocking Interstate 94 in St. Paul late Saturday night during a protest. The smoke was used after about 200 protesters refused to leave the roadway just after midnight as police in riot gear slowly moved in. A total of 102 people were arrested during the protests.
• July 10 – Mayor Coleman and Chief Axtell hold a news conference to discuss protests overnight: "Last night, really was the first time in my 28 years as a police officer, that I had observed the level of violence that was directed towards public servants," Axtell said. "It's really a disgrace. Protesters last night turned into criminals. I'm absolutely disgusted by the actions of some. We will not tolerate it."
Gov. Dayton later releases this statement in response to the protests: "The occupation and shutting down of Interstate 94 last night were unlawful and extremely dangerous," said Dayton. "I am deeply grateful for the heroic efforts of those men and women, who put themselves in harm's way last night to protect the safety of all Minnesotans."
At 2 p.m., a demonstration is held at St. Anthony City Hall. Valerie Castille, Philando's mother, releases this statement on Sunday: "On behalf of myself and our entire family, we urge all people to remain peaceful in all demonstrations throughout our community and our nation. When demonstrations become violent, it disrespects my son and his memory. Philando was a man of peace and dignity. Please, I ask you to at all times remain peaceful in your expressions of concern regarding his death at the hands of the police. I promise that we will not rest until justice prevails."
• July 11 – Yanez's attorney, Thomas Kelly, tells the Star Tribune that Officer Jeronimo Yanez thought the 32-year-old Castile looked like someone police had been seeking in a recent robbery.
Meanwhile, I-94 protesters are charged with third-degree riot.
• July 12 – Valerie Castile and Glenda Hatchett announce they intend to sue and pursue meaningful changes to Minnesota law.
• July 13 – The family of Philando Castile releases a copy of a letter that shows he had a permit to carry from Hennepin County, dated June 4, 2015.
Meanwhile, protesters make their way onto I-35W South near University Avenue that morning, blocking traffic in the southbound lanes. Traffic was backed up about 5 miles, 41 were arrested.
• July 14 – A funeral is held for Philando Castile at the Cathedral of St. Paul.
• July 15 – Protesters make their way into John Choi's office, demanding charges be filed against Yanez.
St. Anthony Village cancels its annual VillageFest Parade in light of Castile's death. The city says they don't have enough police, fire and public works resources to handle the event.
• July 17 – A protest planned for Rosedale Center is canceled at the last minute.
• July 18 – Police reopen Summit Avenue in front of the Governor's residence.
• July 19 – Twenty-one protesters are arrested in downtown Minneapolis, near 8th Street and Nicollet Avenue. Police say they repeatedly ordered protesters to leave.
• July 25 – Protesters once again block Summit Avenue in front of the Governor's residence.
• July 26 – Forty-six protesters are arrested after the St. Paul Police Department tries to reopen Summit Avenue. Twenty-six adults and one juvenile are arrested, then 19 more are arrested near Oxford Street and Summit Ave.
The St. Anthony City Council has its first meeting since Castile's death. Residents show up to voice their concerns.
• July 27 – Arrests reach 70 as the St. Paul Police Department continues to try and clear Summit Avenue of protesters.
Meanwhile, Falcon Heights holds a community conversation. Residents and Castile's relatives attend to share their concerns.
• July 28 – St. Paul Police Department once again reopens Summit Avenue to traffic near the Governor's residence.
• July 29 – Ramsey County appoints a special prosecutor to assist reaching Castile decision.
Meanwhile, St. Paul police release protest video.
• Aug. 24 – Yanez is put back on leave after backlash against the city. He had returned to work the week before to limited duty.
• Sept. 1 – The ACLU sues over access to the squad car video of Castile's killing.
• Sept. 28 – Bureau of Criminal Apprehension turns over investigation to Ramsey Co. Attorney's Office for review.
• Nov. 16 – Ramsey County announces charges against Yanez.
• Nov. 17 – Yanez is booked into Ramsey County jail.
• Nov. 18 – Yanez makes his first court appearance. He does not enter a plea at this time.
• Nov. 20 – A bench is dedicated in Castile's honor at J.J. Hill Montessori, where he worked.
• Dec. 15 – United States Department of Justice announces it will review the St. Anthony Police Department in the wake of Castile's death.
• Dec. 19 – Yanez makes his second court appearance. He again declines to enter a plea, choosing to wait until a trial judge is assigned.
• Jan. 10, 2017 – The Department of Justice holds a meeting regarding the Castile incident.
• Jan. 12 – Riot charges are dropped against 38 of the I-94 protesters. Eight other protesters had either already pleaded guilty, had charges dismissed earlier or failed to appear at hearings and had warrants issued for their arrests.
• Feb. 11 – A memorial is unveiled near the location where Castile was shot and killed.
• Feb. 15 – A motion hearing is held in which Yanez's attorneys ask for the charges to be dismissed.
• Feb. 27 – Yanez enters a plea of not guilty.
• March 15 – Attorneys for Yanez file for a motion to change venues.
• March 24 – The Department of Justice issues outline of what will be in the federal assessment on St. Anthony Police Department, saying it will include a look at traffic stops.
• April 4 – A motion hearing is held in Ramsey County court. Defense attorneys argue for a change of venue, among other motions.
• April 17 – Attorneys for Yanez ask the State Court of Appeals to overturn the judge's ruling against a change of venue.
• April 27 – The State Court of Appeals denies the defense attorney's request.
• May 3 – Defense attorneys file a petition with the Minnesota Supreme Court to overturn a ruling against a change in venue.
• May 16 – The Minnesota Supreme Court rejects the petition to overturn a ruling against a change in venue. A pre-trial motion hearing is held in Ramsey County.
The judge denies several defense requests, ruling that the defense can't mention a separate assault case Reynolds is currently charged in, and the defense can't raise questions about Castile's character during their opening statements. However, they can bring up his alleged marijuana use the day he was shot. The judge also ruled jurors will not be allowed to look at Castile's car in person. That means Yanez will not be allowed to reenact what happened the night he shot Castile.
Updated: May 29, 2017 05:30 PM
Created: May 29, 2017 12:17 PM
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