Family of Philando Castile Reaches $3 Million Settlement with Minnesota City in Fatal Police Shooting Case

CNN reports that the family of Philando Castile have reached a settlement of almost $3 million from the city of St. Anthony Village, Minnesota. Philando was an unarmed black man who was shot fatally by a police officer during a routine traffic stop back in July of last year. The aftermath of the death went viral after his girlfriend at the time took video footage via Facebook Live. Regarding the newly named settlement, both parties involved released a joint statement this morning (June 26), revealing the terms of the settlement agreement.

The statement reads:

“The death of Philando Castile is a tragedy for his family and for our community. 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 Village, and for all those impacted by the death of Philando Castile throughout the United States.”

The announcement of this settlement comes on the heels of a devastating ruling where the law sided with Castile’s shooter, Officer Jeronimo Yanez. Yanez was acquitted of his charges of second-degree manslaughter, as well as two counts of reckless discharge of a firearm.

New clues about what happened that day surfaced on the internet shortly after Yanez was not convicted for Castile’s murder. Dashcam footage in the form of a 10-minute video showed what exactly happened between Yanez and Castile, where the latter clearly and audibly states that he has a legal firearm in the vehicle after being asked to retrieve his license and registration. He doesn’t get a chance to follow the officer’s instructions as Yanez shoots several times into the car at Castile, killing him.

The settlement statement continues:

“No amount of money could ever 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 Foundation.”

Photo Credit: Philando Castile Facebook/CNN

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