November 28, 2017 11:38 PM
The city of St. Anthony approved a $675,000 settlement for emotional distress with Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Philando Castile, at a meeting Tuesday night.
The city of Roseville and the League of Minnesota Cities will also pay $125,000, bringing the total settlement to $800,000.
The vote was unanimous.
The settlement does not assume guilt on behalf of any of the parties involved, but it does put an end to any legal proceedings regarding the shooting in the future.
"If we don't approve this and we go ahead with litigation, it would just reopen the whole case again and bring heartache to everyone involved," St. Anthony Mayor Jerry Faust said.
St. Anthony City Manager Mark Casey says the $675,000 will come from internal borrowing.
Reynolds was in the car with her young daughter when Castile was shot by St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez in Falcon Heights in July of 2016. Reynolds captured the moments after the shooting on Facebook Live, which went viral.
Reynolds issued a statement Tuesday night.
"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 in the statement.
Castile's mother Valerie and the city reached a settlement agreement of $2,995,000 on a wrongful death claim in June. The settlement will be paid by the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust, which holds the insurance policy for the city of St. Anthony.
Yanez was acquitted of manslaughter in Castile's death in June and entered into a separation agreement with the city soon after.
Updated: November 28, 2017 11:38 PM
Created: November 28, 2017 08:20 PM
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