JUST IN: Mother of Philando Castile receives huge death settlement

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Attorneys for the family of Philando Castile, a black man killed by a police officer in Minneapolis in 2016, announced Monday that a settlement has been awarded to them for his death.

Nearly $3 million will be paid to Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, thereby avoiding a wrongful death lawsuit, the Star Tribune reported. Attorneys Robert Bennett and Glenda Hatchett said a long, drawn-out court process would just “reopen terrible wounds,” and this settlement will “allow the family, the city and community to work toward healing.”

The officer who shot Castile during a traffic stop, Jeronimo Yanez, was recently acquitted of manslaughter charges for his death. He had stopped Castile, as he fit the profile of someone who had recently robbed a convenience store.  Yanez said he shot him because Castile was pulling a gun out of his pocket.

Last week, the dash cam video was released by Minneapolis police of the traffic stop and shooting.

Valerie Castile will receive a $2.995 million settlement, pending approval by the state court, which is expected to take a few weeks. The settlement will not come from taxpayer dollars, but through the city’s insurance coverage with the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust.

“No amount of money could ever replace Philando. With resolution of the claims the family will continue to deal with their loss through the important work of the Philando Castile Relief Foundation,” the attorneys’ statement said.

Castile’s mother reacted in anger when the officer was found not guilty in the shooting:

 

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