The mother of Philando Castile, a black motorist shot by a suburban Minneapolis police officer a year ago, agreed to a $2.995 million settlement with the city of St. Anthony, lawyers announced Monday.
Valerie Castile will be paid with insurance funds, and “no taxpayer monies” will be involved, according to a statement issued by the city and the family’s lawyers.
A civil lawsuit for wrongful death has concluded with the news that Valerie Castile, his mother, will receive the money from the city of St Anthony.
The Hispanic police officer who shot him was acquitted of manslaughter.
Mr. Castile, a 32-year-old school cafeteria worker, was stopped by police last July and the encounter began cordially.
Police officer Jeronimo Yanez informed him his brake light was out and asked for his insurance and license.
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!”
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