Philando Castile’s Family Reaches $3M Settlement with City

Last year, we all saw Castile get shot and killed by police officer Jeronimo Yanez on Facebook Live as he sat in his auto with his girlfriend and her 4-year old daughter.The city does not admit any liability in Castile’s death previous year, but the settlement likely speaks to the city’s fears about its chances at trial, said Andrew Noel, an attorney for Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile.Yanez said during the trial he believed Castile, 32, was reaching for a gun when he fatally shot him last July.Castile, she said, “was trying to comply” with Yanez.The shooting gained widespread attention after the victim’s girlfriend, who was in the vehicle with her then four-year-old daughter, livestreamed its gruesome aftermath on Facebook.Yanez, who is Latino, was acquitted of manslaughter and other charges this month. Bennett said it could take four to six weeks before a hearing is held. The League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust is a cooperative in which Minnesota cities contribute premiums into a jointly owned risk pool that is used to pay claims.Robert Bennett, an attorney for Valerie Castile, said the idea behind the settlement was to move expeditiously rather than have the case drawn out in federal court, a process that would “exacerbate and reopen bad wounds”.A joint statement from both sides” lawyers read: “No amount of money could ever replace Philando. “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, and for all those impacted by the death of Philando Castile throughout the United States”, the statement said.The settlement Monday was reached just days after a reported $1.5 million settlement was reached between the city of Ferguson, Missouri, and the family of Michael Brown, who was killed by police. A Facebook page for the nonprofit foundation says it was established to help victims of gun violence and to provide relief for the grieving.This month, when Kamoske saw recently-released dash cam video of Castile’s shooting, she made a decision to contact the St. Paul Pioneer Press.Mr Yanez maintains that he feared for his life.Moments before Castile was shot, he clearly told Yanez: “I’m not pulling it out” in reference his gun. He has since been offered “voluntary separation” from Minnesota Police.Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who filmed the incident will not be included in the settlement.