Jeronimo Yanez, the police officer who fatally shot Philando Castille in front of his girlfriend and her child and was later acquitted for the killing, is now receiving more than $48,500 in a separation agreement with the Minneapolis suburb of St. Anthony.
According to Counton News 2, on top of the $48,500, Yanez will receive pay for over 600 hours of compensated time.
USA Today adds that Yanez's salary at the time of the shooting was more than $72,600, not including overtime. Yanez will be paid in a lump sum.
“Since Officer Yanez was not convicted of a crime, as a public employee, he would have appeal and grievance rights if terminated,” said the city of St. Anthony in a statement. “A reasonable voluntary separation agreement brings to a close one part of this horrible tragedy. The city concluded this was the most thoughtful way to move forward and help the community-wide healing process proceed.”
The city is now released from suits related to Yanez. Yanez agreed to the deal on Monday.
“He should be in jail,” said Clarence Castile, Philando's uncle. “He’s like a fish that wiggled his way off a hook. … Hopefully he won’t be able to get a police job in the United States. Because he’s a poor example of a police officer.”
Valerie Castile, Philando's mother, had previously reached a $3 million settlement with the city, precluding a wrongful death lawsuit.
This particular severance settlement has been described as unusual: in some similar cases officers were fired outright; in others, offending officers remained on the job.
“Given the emotion that’s been involved with this and the public protests, St. Anthony is probably saying the most important thing to us is to wrap this up as quickly as we can,” said David Larson, an employment law professor at Mitchell-Hamline School of Law in St. Paul.
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