Officer Jeronimo Yanez, from the St. Anthony Police Department, shot and killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop last July in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Now, Castile’s family has agreed to a settlement close to $3 million with the city of St. Anthony Village, Minnesota, for his death.
The Washington Post reports:
Valerie Castile, the driver’s mother, will receive $2.995 million as part of the settlement, the city of St. Anthony, Minn., said in a statement Monday morning.
“The city and [Valerie Castile] were able to reach this agreement avoiding a federal civil rights lawsuit which may have taken years to work its way through the courts exacerbating the suffering of the family and of the community,” the city said in its statement.
On June 16, jurors acquitted Officer Yanez of second-degree manslaughter. Four days later, officials released dashcam footage of the shooting, which Castile’s girlfriend and witness to his death, Diamond Reynolds, had already captured and live-streamed on Facebook.
The joint statement from the city and Valerie Castile’s lawyers states that “the parties moved expeditiously to resolve potential civil claims resulting from this tragedy in order to allow the process of healing to move forward for the Castile family, for the people of St. Anthony Village, and for all those impacted by the death of Philando Castile throughout the United States.”