St. Anthony, MN – The city of St. Anthony, Minnesota has agreed to a $2.99 million settlement with Valerie Castile, the mother of Philando Castile, who was shot and killed by Jeronimo Yanez, a St. Anthony, Minnesota, police officer, on July 6, 2016 after being pulled over in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Anthony.
The District Attorney’s Office charged Yanez with one count of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm. A mostly white jury acquitted Yanez of all charges on June 16, 2017. That same day, he was fired from the police force by the City of St. Anthony.
Castile’s girlfriend Diamond Reynolds, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, livestreamed the shooting’s aftermath over Facebook. The couple’s four-year-old daughter was sitting in the back seat. Neither was harmed.
“No amount of money could replace Philando. With resolution of the claims the family will continue to deal with their loss through the important work of the Philando Castile Relief Fund,” a city officials said. “The death of Philando Castile is a tragedy for his family and for our community.”
The settlement will be paid through the city’s coverage with the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust. No taxpayer monies from the city of St. Anthony will be used to fund the settlement.