Philando Castile’s Girlfriend To Receive $800,000 Settlement Over Fatal Police Shooting
"I do hope that closing this chapter will allow us to get our lives back and move forward."
Philando Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, has reached a financial settlement over his death. Reynolds, who streamed the aftermath of Castile’s being shot by former St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, will receive $800,000 from two Minnesota cities, CNN reports.
The city of St. Anthony agreed to pay Reynolds $675,000, while the remaining $125,000 will be covered by Roseville, Minn. and the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust.
“This settlement resolves all civil litigation stemming from the incidents on July 6, 2016, and opens the door to continued healing within our community,” said Jerry Faust, St. Anthony Mayor.
The fatal traffic stop began with Yanez pulling Castile over for a broken taillight. After being asked to show his license and registration Castile, a cafeteria supervisor, informed Yanez that he had a legal firearm.
Yanez shot Castille as he was reaching for his license. Reynold’s and her then 4-year-old daughter were in the car with him at the time.
Castile, 32, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Reynolds sued for emotional distress and false arrest. According to ABC News, a portion of the settlement will be placed in a trust for Reynolds' daughter.
"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 of the settlement, which still has to be approved by a court.