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Philando Castile family reaches $3M settlement in death

Philando Castile family reaches $3M settlement in death

Philando Castile's family has reached a $3 million settlement with the city of St. Anthony, Minnesota, according to a statement from the city and lawyers for the family.

Despite evidence proving Philandro posed no threat through a live Facebook stream of the shooting by Castile's fiancèe, who was driving the vehicle when they were stopped, Yanez still walked out a free man while Castile's family is left to cope without a son, father and fiancèe.

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 Hispanic police officer who shot him was acquitted of manslaughter.

Castile was shot and killed during a traffic stop last July while his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds and her four-year-old daughter were in the vehicle.

Following Yanez's acquittal, St Anthony said it would no longer employ him as a police officer.

But when Mr Castile politely told the officer about the gun he was legally carrying, things became tense and seconds later the officer opened fire, after shouting "Don't reach for it!"

Mr Castile's last words after the shooting were "I wasn't reaching.".

New dash cam video, which was released last week for the first time, reopened old wounds for those who were outraged by his shooting death almost one year ago. What happened next was captured in a graphic dashboard-camera video recording released last week: Yanez yelled at Castile not to "pull it out", and Castile said he was not, which his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, echoed from the passenger seat.

The city is undergoing a voluntary review by the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, with the goal of improving trust between the police department and the communities it serves.

Reynolds later said Castile was reaching for his wallet.

"No taxpayer monies from the City of St. Anthony Village will be used to fund this settlement", reads a joint statement from Valerie Castile and the City of St. Anthony posted on the city's website.

The squad-car video shows the shooting, but does not show what happened inside the auto or what Yanez saw, leaving room for reasonable doubt.



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