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Philando Castile family reaches $3M settlement in death

28 June, 2017, 17:35 | Author: Mae Harvey
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Philando Castile's family has reached a almost $3 million settlement with the city of St. Anthony for his death at the hands of one of its police officers.

The settlement to be paid to Valerie Castile will avoid a federal wrongful death lawsuit stemming from Philando Castile's death. "That's a hard thing to say and it's sad thing to have to say, but I believe that".

The acquittal of Jeronimo Yanez had provoked demonstrations in Minnesota and is echoed in several other controversial cases where police officers have been exonerated by the justice after killing of Black americans.

The settlement was announced Monday by attorneys for Valerie Castile and the city of St. Anthony. The League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust is a cooperative in which Minnesota cities contribute premiums into a jointly owned risk pool that is used to pay claims. Messages left with the city were not immediately returned.

Lawyers said the case would have taken years to resolve.

Philando Castile is dead. "This foundation was established after the murder of Philando to help other victims of gun violence and add some relief as you grieve", according to the foundation's Facebook page.

Jackson went on to say that Yanez made "reasonable judgment under the circumstances, the kind of judgment that, frankly, I could have made myself and that's the standard, isn't it?" "I know that [Valerie Castile] is committed and that she will follow through".

Reynolds later said Castile was reaching for his wallet. A hearing likely will be held to review the plan, which must be approved by a judge. The settlement still has to be approved by a state court.

Bennett said Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, is not part of the settlement.

"This and last week have been very troubling" to her, he said. The settlement will also allow the family, the city and community to work toward healing, Bennett said.

The family of a motorist black killed in his auto by a policeman and whose last moments were broadcast live over the internet will receive $ 3 million to fix, said it learned on Monday.

Police auto video of the shooting released last week shows the exchange between Yanez and Castile lasting less than a minute before the officer shoots Castile at close range. "It's a critical piece". They deliberated for five days, breaking their deadlock about 2 p.m. on a Friday.

Jackson said that Castile was wrong to inform Yanez he was carrying a gun: "The moment you do that, you put that police officer on edge, needlessly".

The shooting gained widespread attention after the victim's girlfriend, who was in the vehicle with her then four-year-old daughter, livestreamed its gruesome aftermath on Facebook. Reynolds' daughter, then 4, was also in the vehicle at the time.

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