Philando Castile's girlfriend reaches $800G settlement over police shooting

Philando Castile

She was a passenger in the auto driven by Philando Castile when he was fatally shot by a St. Anthony police officer in July 2016.

- St. Anthony City Council has agreed to pay Diamond Reynolds and her daughter $675,000 as part of a total $800,000 settlement for the Philando Castile lawsuit.

Reynolds was riding in the passenger seat of the vehicle with her four-year-old daughter in the backseat, when Castile was pulled over by Jernomio Yanez in St. Anthony, Minnesota on July 6.

Diamond Reynolds live-streamed Philando Castile's fatal shooting on Facebook in July 2016.

Castile was driving in Falcon Heights in July 2016 when Officer Jeronimo Yanez pulled over Castile and shot him after he said he was armed.

According to City Manager Mark Casey, the Reynolds' settlement would only be covered up to $5,000 by the city's insurance because the St. Anthony's $3 million policy was largely drained by a settlement with Valerie Castile, Philando's mother. Prosecutors argued that Yanez, who is Mexican-American, had racially profiled Castile, a black man, when he stopped him for a broken brake light.

Though Reynolds and her daughter suffered no physical scars after the arrest, the trauma of the events understandably caused significant emotional unrest.

Yanez, who has since been fired from the force, was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter in June. Later, when a frustrated Reynolds yelled while having an issue with her phone, the 4-year-old tried to console her.

City officials said the settlement does not assume guilt by anyone involved. St. Anthony Mayor Jerry Faust said the settlement "resolves all civil litigation stemming from the incidents on July 6, 2016, and opens the door to continued healing within our community". He was subsequently removed from the St. Anthony Police Department following the ruling. In a statement released to media outlets, Reynolds said the settlement shows that what happened to her and her daughter "was wrong" and that while it would not erase the pain they feel, she hopes it allows them "to get our lives back and move forward".

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