The family of Philando Castile, a man who was shot by policeman in St. Anthony, Minnesota, will receive almost $3 million in settlement from the city.
The policeman who shot him, Jeronimo Yanez, was acquitted June 16 of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers safety.
“The death of Philando Castile is a tragedy for his family and for our community,” the statement said.
“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.”
“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.”
Valerie Castile, the driver’s mother, will receive $2.995 million as part of the settlement, the city of St. Anthony, Minn., said in a statement Monday morning.
“The city and [Valerie Castile] were able to reach this agreement avoiding a federal civil rights lawsuit which may have taken years to work its way through the courts exacerbating the suffering of the family and of the community,” the city said in its statement.
Barely a week ago, the family of Michael Brown who was shot and killed in 2014 by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, also received compensation from the city.
Castille’s death sparked widespread outrage across social media, following a video made by his girlfriend, who was sitting beside him in the car.
“I thought … if he has … the guts and the audacity to smoke marijuana in front of the 5-year-old girl and risk her lungs and risk her life by giving her secondhand smoke and the front seat passenger doing the same thing then what, what care does he give about me,” Yanez had said in the trial.