Philando Castile’s Girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, Arrested
Diamond Reynolds Arrested
St. Paul, MN – Diamond Reynolds, age 25, the girlfriend of Philando Castile, has been charged along with two others in a violent assault on a woman with a hammer.
According to CBS News, she and the other two women, Chnika Blair, 18, and Dyamond Richardson, 25, were arrested Thursday, March 2, after the victim reported the attack to the police. The attack on the victim, who was not named, occurred on Tuesday morning.
The unidentified victim remains hospitalized with serious injuries.
Diamond Reynolds was charged with second- and third-degree assault and bail was set at $90,000. Blair and Richardson also had the same charges, according to the Star Tribune. The three women’s first hearing is set for Monday, March 6.
The neighboring Washington County Attorney’s Office will prosecute the case, because of Reynolds’ connection to the Castile case, which is being tried in Ramsey County where the Assault actually occurred. The victim was able to positively identify all three suspects.
Diamond Reynolds is known for live-streaming the aftermath of her boyfriend’s 2016 fatal shooting by St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop. Reynolds’ live-streamed Facebook video of the traffic stop did not capture anything that led up to the shooting of Philando Castile, or the shooting itself, only the aftermath.
The video has been viewed millions of times and led to rioting. The shooting occurred in close proximity to the shooting of Alton Sterling, and the two shootings contributed to a boiling-over point, inspiring the terrorist attacks assassinating police in Dallas and Baton Rouge.
St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez had stopped Castile’s vehicle on July 6, 2016, because he believed Castile might have been involved in a convenience store robbery a few days earlier. Officer Yanez was one of the police officers who had responded to that robbery.
Castile’s long previous criminal history does not show a tendency toward violence, although he had been stopped 52 times in the past few years for traffic-related issues.
Diamond Reynolds lied after Castile was shot and said that he didn’t have any criminal history. After the shooting Reynolds also lied by claiming that she was Castile’s fiance, when she wasn’t. She claimed that she was held overnight by the police, when she was only interviewed for two hours before an officer bought her groceries and took her home. And Reynolds claimed that police didn’t provide first aid to Castile, when they did.
It is reasonable to believe that Diamond Reynolds also lied in her account about what happened during the traffic stop. The facts remain that Officer Jeronimo Yanez saw the gun in Castile’s vehicle, believed that he was reaching for it, and that he feared for his life.
Officer Jeronimo Yanez was charged November 16 with second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm.
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