Girlfriend Of Philando Castile To Receive $800,000 Settlement
Stephen Maturen
The girlfriend of Philando Castile, who witnessed his fatal shooting by police in 2016, has settled her case for $800,000, according to news reports. Diamond Reynolds and her then-four-year-old daughter were in the car with Castile when he was fatally shot during a traffic stop last year by Officer Jeronimo Yanez. Reynolds streamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook.
Reynolds had filed a claim seeking money for emotional distress and false arrest. The City of St. Anthony, where Yanez was employed, agreed to pay Reynolds $675,000, CNN reports. She will also receive $125,000 from the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust and the city of Roseville, where she was held after the shooting. “The settlement symbolizes that what happened to my daughter and I on July 6, 2016 was wrong,” Reynolds said in a statement. “While no amount of money can change what happened, bring Philando back, or erase the pain that my daughter and I continue to suffer, I do hope that closing this chapter will allow us to get our lives back and move forward.” “This settlement resolves all civil litigation stemming from the incidents on July 6, 2016, and opens the door to continued healing within our community,” Mayor Jerry Faust said. Yanez was acquitted on all counts, including second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm. Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, received a $3 million settlement from the city of St. Anthony in June.

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