Ferguson Cop Called Yanez’s Department With Advice After Castile Died

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A Ferguson police officer reached out to officer Jeronimo Yanez’s department after the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, according to court documents.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension released multiple documents of evidence and dash-cam footage from the Yanez trial Tuesday. One piece of evidence is an email detailing a Ferguson, Mo., officer offering support to the St. Anthony Police Department after Castile died during the traffic stop.

“I wanted to let everyone know that an officer from the Ferguson PD called and wanted to extend his support. He said if we need any help with patrol, office or dispatch to let them know. He also wanted to reassure us that it really does get better,” Kimberly Brazil, the department’s office manager, wrote in a staff email July 7, 2016.

The email came a day after Yanez fatally shot Castile, a gun owner, seven times during a traffic stop. Yanez claimed Castile reached for his gun during the stop and did not listen to officer commands. (RELATED: Cop Found Not Guilty In Death Of Philando Castile)

The Ferguson Police Department also dealt with a police shooting that garnered national attention. Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown, a black teenager, after Brown tried to charge him and take his gun in 2014. Ferguson was rocked with riots after the shooting. Protesters set fires across the city and looted businesses.

A jury of twelve cleared Yanez last Friday of all charges connected to the shooting.

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