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74 Seconds

26 EpisodesProduced by Minnesota Public Radio

74 Seconds tells the story of a July 2016 traffic stop that ended with the world watching a man die, live on their phones. This is the story of that man, Philando Castile, and the officer who is about to go on trial for his death, Jeronimo Yanez. Through comprehensive reporting, MPR News examines th… read more

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May 16th, 2017


A man is dead, his last moments captured on Facebook Live. The police officer who pulled the trigger is now on trial. What happened the night of July …

1: The Driver

May 22nd, 2017


Meet Philando Castile, the elementary school cafeteria worker whose name became a chant and whose face became a symbol.

2: The Officer

May 23rd, 2017


When he pulled over Philando Castile, Jeronimo Yanez was working the night shift, patrolling three small Twin Cities suburbs. His law enforcement …

3: The Traffic Stop

May 25th, 2017


What we know -- and what we don't know -- about those 74 seconds, and the Facebook video that made millions of people witnesses to Philando Castile's final moments.

4: The World is Watching

May 26th, 2017


After Philando Castile's death, people marched, they chanted, they camped out in front of the governor's mansion. But no one was sure what would …

Trial, Day 1: Jury selection begins

May 30th, 2017


In the first of our trial updates, 50 potential jurors are sworn in, given questionnaires and instructed in the basics of the case against Yanez.

Trial, Day 4: Getting to 23

June 2nd, 2017


As the first week of the trial ends, the jury in the case starts to take shape. Plus: Why choosing a jury for the trial of a police officer is …

Trial, Day 5: The dashcam and Diamond Reynolds

June 6th, 2017


The jury is seated, the defense and prosecution have made their opening statements, and the first of the witnesses take the stand -- including the woman who brought this case to the attention of millions.

Trial, Day 6: Yanez's partner testifies

June 7th, 2017


On the second day of testimony, two of the witnesses closest to the shooting -- Diamond Reynolds and police officer Joseph Kauser -- take the stand.

Trial, Day 8: The prosecution rests, the defense begins

June 9th, 2017


By the fourth day of testimony, the prosecution has rested, the defense has moved for acquittal, and we expect to hear soon from Jeronimo Yanez himself.

Trial, Day 9: Jeronimo Yanez takes the stand

June 10th, 2017


'I thought I was going to die,' Jeronimo Yanez told the jury. 'I had no other choice.'

Trial, Day 10: The jury deliberates

June 12th, 2017


Both sides make their final arguments. The judge issues detailed instructions. And the case is left in the hands of the jury.

Trial, Day 11: Preparing for a verdict

June 13th, 2017


The jury is about to go into its third day of deliberations. And while the Twin Cities waits for a verdict, a St. Paul police commander explains his …

Trial, Day 12: Jury at an impasse

June 14th, 2017


The judge re-read jurors a portion of the instructions he'd given them on Monday. "You should not hesitate to reexamine your views and change your …

Trial, Day 14: The verdict

June 16th, 2017


On Friday, on the fifth day of deliberation, the jury in the trial of Jeronimo Yanez reached a verdict: Not guilty on all counts. We called reporter Riham Feshir, at the courthouse, in the minutes after the verdict was …

After the verdict

June 17th, 2017


We already know the outcome. But even though the trial has come to an end, for a lot of people, this story is not over.

The dashcam video

June 21st, 2017


Four days after the verdict, investigators released the video: It's the first time those 74 seconds have been shown outside the courtroom.

An inventory of Philando Castile's car

June 26th, 2017


The car Castile was driving became a central piece of evidence in the case. It was towed away by authorities, photographed for the investigation.The things in his car, when you look through them, are all about another: …

The documents and the juror

June 30th, 2017


We dig into the case's investigative files and what they tell us about the night of shooting. Plus: One of the jurors in the trial sits down for an extended interview.

The anniversary of the shooting

July 7th, 2017


On July 6, 2017, Philando Castile's family and friends marked one year since the traffic stop when he was killed. Plus: What's coming next from the …

To be black and armed in Minnesota

July 14th, 2017


'There's this fear about a black man with a gun,' said Lucky Rosenbloom, a firearms trainer — who says he's likely the only African-American trainer in the state of Minnesota.

The shooting of Justine Ruszczyk

July 26th, 2017


On July 15, the Twin Cities had its third high-profile police shooting in less than two years.

What happens now?

August 14th, 2017


The trial is over. A settlement has been signed. But how do people move forward? Plus: An interview with Wesley Lowery, a journalist who tracks …

Further listening

February 15th, 2018


Looking for more in-depth listening and investigative reporting? We want to put a few shows on your radar.

16 Shots: A podcast about the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald

August 31st, 2018


The events we covered in 74 Seconds were only a piece of a larger national conversation on policing and justice. A new podcast from WBEZ and The …

Introducing In Front of Our Eyes

March 15th, 2021


In March 2021, the first of the former officers charged in the killing of George Floyd will go on trial in Minnesota. Police officers are rarely …

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