We're deep into the trial of Jeronimo Yanez, the St. Anthony cop who killed Philando Castile last summer. The prosecution is coming to the end of presenting its case, which is fairly strong:
Yanez, 29, a St. Anthony police officer, is charged with second-degree manslaughter for shooting Castile, 32, shortly after 9 p.m. last July 6, and two counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm for endangering Castile's passengers, girlfriend Diamond Reynolds and her daughter, then 4.Noble is Jeffrey Noble, a prosecution expert who is apparently a retired deputy police chief from Irvine, California. He's likely mistaken about that last part -- the Larpenteur Avenue area is actually well known in the black community as a place where you are likely to be pulled over for Driving While Black. But that's part of the subtext of this trial.
Noble testified that Yanez had few details, including height or weight, when he linked Castile to an armed robbery suspect whom police had documented with a description and photo.
A transcript of Yanez's car-to-car call that night was previously published in court, showing that Yanez called partner Joseph Kauser and said that Castile looked like the suspect because of his "wide-set nose."
No other "reasonable" officer would have considered Castile the suspect, Noble said. (Authorities have said he wasn't.)
"I mean, hundreds of black men had to have driven by," Noble said. "That's absurd."
Here is a picture of the robbery suspect:
This is a picture of Castile:
Apparently these are two different men. To my knowledge, the convenience store robber is still out there, although the most recent report I can find dates back to October of last year. I still would like to know what's happening in that case.
As I've mentioned previously, I live on the border between St. Anthony and New Brighton. St. Anthony is very real to me. We'll continue to watch this trial carefully.