Castile family reaches $3M settlement

A little less than a week after Philando Castile's killer, Officer Jeronimo Yanez, was acquitted of all charges in the traffic stop shooting, Castile's mother was able to reach a $3 million settlement with the city of St. Anthony, Minn.

The shooting gained widespread attention after Mr Castile's girlfriend, who was in the vehicle with her then four-year-old daughter, live-streamed its gruesome aftermath on Facebook.

The statement notes that no taxpayer money from St. Anthony Village will be used to fund the settlement and that the family intends to "deal with their loss through the important work of the Philando Castile Relief Foundation", a nonprofit created to help victims of gun violence. He had a permit for the gun.

The family's legal team announced plans to file a civil lawsuit against the city last week, but a settlement has now been reached.


His girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, later said he was reaching for his wallet.

The settlement happened faster than others stemming from the killings of black men by police officers elsewhere.

But protesters said Castile's case - one of a number of high-profile deaths of black people involving police - wasn't about noncompliance.

Police auto video of the shooting released last week shows the exchange between Yanez and Castile lasting less than a minute before the officer shoots Castile at close range.


The verdict, which sparked renewed protests in Minnesota, was the first of a string of three trials in one week in which United States prosecutors failed to secure convictions of police officers in questionable shootings - revealing the difficulty of prosecuting such cases, even with video evidence. When Castile reached for his wallet, informing Yanez a few times that he was not reaching for his legal weapon, Yanez began discharging his firearm, killing Castile just inches away from his girlfriend and child.

St. Anthony is taking part in a Justice Department program aimed at advancing trust and respect between police and those they serve.

After Yanez's acquittal, the city of St. Anthony said it was offering Yanez a "voluntary separation agreement" from the police department, and he would no longer be an on-duty officer.

"Under the terms of the settlement, Valerie Castile, as Trustee, will receive a payment in the amount of $2.995 million", the statement says.



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