Court records show Sterling had pleaded guilty in 2011 to being a felon in possession of a firearm and illegally carrying a weapon and was arrested in May 2009 after an officer confronted him outside another store where he was selling CDs.
Sterling was fatally shot Tuesday during a struggle with two police officers outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Castile's death comes only one day after the released-in-deadly-officer-involve331783/">equally controversial officer-involved shooting death of Alton Sterling, another black man whose life was taken. Police say he was armed and an eyewitness said police pulled a gun out of his pocket. Cellphone video of his shooting was posted online and set off angry protests in Baton Rouge and beyond. As a race, as a culture, we're standing up for something.
Both officers identified by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are on administrative leave.
Gov. John Bel Edwards says he's proud of how residents of Baton Rouge have protested the police shooting death of a black man without violence.
"The reports from Minnesota are troubling and must be thoroughly investigated. I told him to get his hand out". "I think it makes all the difference in the world", said state Sen.
The statement is a stark contrast to the one NRA CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre released following the murder of five Dallas police officers during a peaceful demonstration for Castile and Alton Sterling, another black man killed by police just days earlier in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He died a short time later at a hospital. Reynolds described the officer who shot Castile as Asian.
Reynolds began livestreaming on Facebook from the vehicle shortly after Castile, who is bloodied and moaning before slumping in the driver's seat, had been shot.
The St. Anthony Police Department's 2015 annual report points to Yanez's volunteerism; he gave a tour of the station to a local Cub Scout troop and volunteered with St. Paul's Cinco De Mayo celebration, participating in a parade with other members of the National Latino Police Officers Association.
Hundreds of demonstrators braved rain showers and gathered outside the governor's mansion in St. Paul.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was responsible for identifying Yanez, and it is to them that Choi is now looking for the "prompt but thorough investigation", acknowledging that these might seem like conflicting requests, but the investigation is a top priority. Yanez fired the shots. Dayton said he and other state officials would ask for stronger federal involvement in the case.
According to Mercury News, Choi said that once the findings of the investigation are presented to his office, he will then determine whether or not a grand jury hearing should be conducted.
An Army veteran fatally shot five police officers and wounded six other officers during Thursday night's downtown protest over the deaths of Sterling and Castile.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown initially blamed "snipers", but authorities Friday said Micah Johnson, 25, had acted alone. He was killed by a robot-delivered bomb after a standoff with police.
Ramsey County Prosecutor Choi has said that the Philando Castile shooting highlights the need for better interactions between the police and the people they are sworn to protect, especially in light of the killings of black individuals.
Brown said at a prayer service Friday that the attack was "well planned" and that the force "won't rest until we bring everyone involved to justice".
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said that it's within people's rights to protest, but that protests can "put our police officers in harm's way". Reynolds told reporters Thursday that the 32-year-old Castile, of St. Paul, 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".