Philando Castile Case: Law Enforcement Failure to Uphold the Most Fundamental Duty of Government

While victim Philando Castile lies at rest, his girlfriend and her daughter live on in agony.

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Philando Castile was stopped by Ramsey County Ramsey County Officer Jeronimo Yanez on July 6, 2016. On the dashcam video, you will hear Yanez say he stopped Castile for a brake light that was out. In his later testimony, Yanez said the reason he stopped this young man because Castile was a possible match for an armed robbery suspect, something that was NEVER recorded by the policeman’s dashcam equipment.

Officer Yanez’ squad car video, side-by-side with Diamond Reynolds’ Facebook video. Warning: Policeman’s extreme use of profanity will offend you.

Chronology of criminal proceedings against Jeronimo Yanez

November 16, 2016 | Charges in Philando Castile shooting death stun experts, activists

June 12, 2017 | What exactly is the jury weighing in the Yanez case?

June 16, 2017 | Yanez outcome predictable due to wrong charges

Prosecutors charged Yanez with manslaughter to assuage local civil unrest. “He could have been charged with misconduct by a public officer or employee, a misdemeanor offense for acting in excess of lawful authority.” | Star-Tribune

This isn’t over yet. Yanez will probably face federal charges and a likely civil lawsuit.

Yanez Failed the Most Fundamental Duty of All Governments

What is the most fundamental duty of all law enforcement officers and prosecutors? Look to the Declaration of Independence, second paragraph, which states:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”

Officer Jeronimo Yanez’s first duty was to secure Philando Castile’s Right to Life.

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