July 10, 2017 11:33 PM
The City of St. Anthony has announced it has entered into a separation agreement with former police officer Jeronimo Yanez, officially ending his employment rights with the city.
Yanez is the officer who fatally shot motorist Philando Castile during a traffic stop last July.
The city recently reached a nearly $3 million settlement with Castile's mother, avoiding a federal wrongful death lawsuit. The settlement followed the acquittal of Yanez, who had been charged with manslaughter in Castile's death.
The city announced shortly after the verdict that Yanez will no longer serve the city as a police officer.
Under the terms of the agreement, the two sides agree June 30, 2017 will be Yanez's official date of separation.
The city will pay him a total of $48,500 (less applicable deductions and withholdings for state and federal taxes), as well as paying him 100 percent of his accrued and unused personal leave pay up to maximum of 600 hours pursuant to the city's collective bargaining agreement.
The payments will be paid out in one lump sum within 20 days.
Yanez agrees to "settle any and all claims that you have or may have against the City, its predecessors, (and) successors."
Monday's announcement said that since he was not convicted of a crime, he would have appeal and grievance rights as a public employee in the event he was terminated.
"A reasonable voluntary separation agreement brings to a close one part of this horrible tragedy," the announcement reads.
"The City concluded this was the most thoughtful way to move forward and help the community-wide healing process proceed."
Updated: July 10, 2017 11:33 PM
Created: July 10, 2017 04:56 PM
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