Philando Castile family reaches $3M settlement in death

David Anderson

The settlement avoids the drawn-out process of a federal wrongful death lawsuit stemming from Philando Castile's death.

"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 said in his testimony.

One of Mrs Castile's legal representatives said she did not want a trial to "exacerbate and reopen bad wounds".

The settlement will also allow the family, the city and community to work towards healing, Mr Bennett said.

A joint statement from both sides' lawyers read: "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. It shows Jeronimo Yanez drawing his gun seconds after pulling Philando Castile over for a broken taillight in Falcon Heights last July and rapidly firing seven bullets into the 32-year-old black man's auto while his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her 4-year-old daughter helplessly watched.

Castile had a legal permit to carry the gun.

The shooting of Philando Castile a year ago made global headlines after his girlfriend broadcast the aftermath live on Facebook. The 29-year-old Latino officer's statement was referenced repeatedly by prosecutors throughout his trial as evidence of what they said was the officer's shifting story about what prompted him to fire.

Video captured by Yanez's squad vehicle dash camera shows him approaching Castile's auto to address an out tail light.

The settlement comes just a week after a similar civil suit settlement was reached in the Michael Brown shooting case in Ferguson, Mo. "Don't reach for it", referring to a firearm Castile had. The League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust is a co-operative in which Minnesota cities contribute premiums into a jointly owned risk pool that is used to pay claims.

On the same day Yanez was acquitted, St. Anthony announced that he will no longer serve as a police officer there.

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