Local officer writes letter in response to Philando Castile shooting

Philando Castile's family reaches $3 million settlement

Philando Castile's family reaches $3 million settlement

The family of Mr. Castile was engaged in a lawsuit against the city of St. Anthony, who employed the police officer but gave it up in return for a cheque for 2.95 million dollars, announced by the two parties in a joint press release.

Robert Bennett, who along with attorney Glenda Hatchett is representing Valerie Castile, said a decision was made to move expeditiously rather than have the case drawn out in federal court, a process that would "exacerbate and reopen awful wounds". His girlfriend Diamond Reynolds took to Facebook to livestream his agony as blood spread on Castile's shirt and the officer continued to yell orders with his gun drawn.

Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, was in the auto and livestreamed the aftermath on Facebook.

Yanez, who is Latino, was acquitted of manslaughter and other charges this month. The jury's decision prompted days of protests, including one in St. Paul that shut down Interstate 94 for hours and ended with 18 arrests. The settlement still has to be approved by a state court.

Sherman, a member of St. Anthony Villagers for Community Action, said the settlement underscores the city's culpability in Castile's death.

One of Mrs Castile's legal representatives said she did not want a trial to "exacerbate and reopen awful wounds". A Facebook page for the nonprofit foundation says it was established to help victims of gun violence and to provide relief for the grieving.

Following Yanez's acquittal, St Anthony said it would no longer employ him as a police officer. He also said the city of St. Anthony has a commitment to make positive changes to their police department.

During his trial, Yanez, 29, testified that Castile ignored his commands not to pull out his gun. In March, the office outlined goals and objectives for its assessment of the police department.

In spite of the fact that the dash-cam footage does not show what happened inside of the auto, Jackson confidently asserted that Castile "must have gotten that gun out, and when he did, that officer must have felt like 'I don't know what your intentions are, I have no choice'".

Reynolds later said Castile was reaching for his wallet.

Noel said that attorneys for the Castile family began talks with the League before Yanez went on trial May 30 and that the settlement was finalized after dashcam footage of the shooting was made public last week following Yanez's acquittal.

The squad-car video shows the shooting, but does not show what happened inside the auto or what Yanez saw, leaving room for reasonable doubt. Valerie Castile will craft a distribution plan that will be filed in Hennepin County civil court, he said.

It appears that the city of St. Anthony, Minn. where Castile was shot thinks that his life was not worth justice.

The verdict, which sparked renewed protests in Minnesota, was the first of a string of three trials in one week in which USA prosecutors failed to secure convictions of police officers in questionable shootings - revealing the difficulty of prosecuting such cases, even with video evidence.

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