The girlfriend of Philando Castile has received a settlement of $800,000 following a traffic stop that resulted in his death. As CNN reported, Diamond Reynolds and her daughter were in the car when Castile was pulled over by Minnesota police. She live-streamed the aftermath of his shooting at the hands of police and filed a claim seeking compensation for her emotional distress and false arrest.
On July 6, 2016, St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez pulled over Castile and shot him multiple times during a traffic stop. From the police dash camera, Castile says that he is carrying a firearm. The officer tells him not to reach for it and soon opens fire, all while Reynolds' young daughter is in the back seat. Officers from the Roseville Police Department also responded to the incident.
Reynolds shared the entire incident, which went viral, on Facebook Live. The incident incited widespread protests around the country.
"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," Reynolds said. In a release, St. Anthony authorities said that the settlement is not an admission of blame, but they want "to avoid the protracted litigation involved with adjudicating state claims and potential civil rights claims, which may have taken years to resolve."
Reynolds' settlement is in conjunction with both cities, St. Anthony and Roseville. As The Washington Post reported, the settlement still has to be approved by a court.
In November 2016, Yanez was charged with second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm. He said he pulled Castile over for a broken taillight and later said he thought Castile looked like a robbery suspect. In June, the officer was acquitted. The police department in St. Anthony then dismissed him.
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