The original narrative presented by Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds, in the aftermath of the Falcon Heights shooting, is in complete collapse. Reluctantly, even Mediaite and MSM are now having to concede officers Jeronimo Yanez and Joseph Kauser initially pulled over Philando Castile because he fit the exact description of an armed robbery suspect.
The leak of the radio transmissions surrounding the stop is irrefutable evidence the MSM are forced to accept. The best efforts of agenda-driven Snopes to obfuscate and refute the claim have embarrassingly failed. The truth continues to have no agenda.
Additionally, some higher resolution images from initial media on scene (hat tip Annette Kelly) are supporting the outline provided by officer Yanez attorney that Yanez was reacting to Philando Castile displaying a handgun toward Yanez:
In addition there is visible blood on the “exterior” of the door, just below the driver’s window, as denoted by marker #9.
There are now several bits of circumstantial and forensic evidence to support the rough-sketch outline of the incident as reported by the St Anthony Police Department, and the attorney for Officer Jeronimo Yanez.
The presented narration of Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds continues to collapse with further scrutiny of her initial claims (as broadcast via Facebook live-stream).
As a consequence her attorney, Larry Rogers Jr. (Chicago) is no longer allowing Reynolds to discuss the incident (prior to the livestream) with media.
Interestingly, several days ago we noted the brand of cigarettes stolen from the USA convenience store (3 cartons on suspect #1 CCTV Image below) were Newport. While the brand itself is a popular menthol cigarette smoked by many within the black community, the appearance therein was yet another dot in an otherwise cloudy set of events.
The website GotNews is now reporting the numerically sequenced state tax stamp, federally mandated to be applied to each package of cigarettes by the retail outlet or wholesaler, matches the tax stamp on the Newport cigarettes found on Ms. Castile.
We would note extreme caution in considering this claim. Within the tax stamp process it is very challenging to identify distribution; and we are unable to independently confirm whether Super-USA convenience store stamps their own cigarettes -via a corporate distribution warehouse- or whether they use a wholesale supply entity for cigarette delivery – each state and each retailer has different supply chain and restock methods.
Worth noting however, is the eyeglasses worn by Suspect #2 in the CCTV release provided by Saint Anthony Police Department during their BOLO request for identification assistance.
Suspect #2 is wearing a two tone eyeglass frame with lighter ear pieces than the ocular frame. The frames of the eyeglasses appear very similar to frames worn by Philando Castile in a picture provided to media by Diamond Reynolds:
The hat worn by suspect #1 appears to be a Ralph Lauren POLO cap as noted below:
The original descriptions of the two armed robbery suspects as presented by the original BOLO media alert were as follows:
[…] Employees described one suspect [USA1] to police as a black man with longer than shoulder-length dreadlocks, who wore blue jeans, a green plaid long-sleeved shirt, dark-color shoes with white highlights, glasses and a baseball cap printed with marijuana leaves, the release says. He may have had a mustache.
The other suspect [USA2] was described as a black man with shoulder-length dreadlocks, who wore tan pants, tan shoes with white soles, a green jacket, a green baseball cap and glasses, the release says. He also had some of his hair pulled into a bun through the strap on the back of his hat and had a small mustache and facial hair on his chin (link)
The importance of this similarity is because it speaks to the reason that officers Jeronimo Yanez and Joseph Kauser pulled over the vehicle occupied by Philando and Diamond.
This reasoning was presented in a police radio transmission prior to Yanez and Kauser exiting their vehicle. The motive for the stop was outlined in the police audio.
“I’m going to stop a car. I’m going to check IDs. I have reason to pull it over.”
“The two occupants just look like people that were involved in a robbery. The driver looks more like one of our suspects, just ‘cause of the wide set nose.” (link)
The claims of an arbitrary stop due to racial profiling are entirely false. The officers were on radio (audio embedded in tweet above) stating the stop was due to the possible suspect match in a prior robbery.
Based on all the evidence known so far, this inquiry by the officers was based on solid suspicions. There is no racial motive other than the Philando Castile matching, very closely matching, the eye witness description of one of the convenience store armed robbers – who were both also black.
Ms. Diamond Reyonds claimed during her New York media tour that Philando never displayed his handgun to officer Yanez. However, a screen grab of Philando during Reynolds broadcast shows a high probability of a handgun on the lap (left thigh) of Philando.
This handgun appears to be the same weapon as noted by Marker #6 in the photographs taken near the scene of the shooting.
Officer Jeronimo Yanez (who is Mexican/American)
Reference Material: All prior CTH research and discussion outlines of The Falcon Heights shooting are located HERE.