Philando Castile Protesters Retrieve Property left Behind During Demonstrations

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August 12, 2016 02:32 PM

More than a month after the shooting death of Philando Castile, police are returning property left behind by community members at protest sites.

Those who went to claim property Thursday were seen walking out of the St. Paul impound lot with sleeping bags, blankets and tents.


Castile was shot and killed Wednesday, July 6, during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights.

His girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, live-streamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook.

Investigators say St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez pulled the trigger. His attorney says he was reacting to the presence of a gun in the vehicle; Reynolds says Castile was reaching for his wallet.

Yanez and another officer, Joseph Kauser, are on paid leave while the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigates.

When the agency finalizes the investigation, the findings will be handed over to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, where Attorney John Choi will either send it to a grand jury or decide himself whether there will be charges.

Editor's Note: Some community members who were picking up property from the impound lot that same day were not connected to the protests and were retrieving property for unrelated reasons.


Jennie Lissarrague

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