The family of a Minnesota Black man who was fatally shot by a police officer has been awarded $3 million, CNN reports.
Philando Castile, 32, died during a routine traffic stop last year in St. Anthony Village. He was shot by then-officer Jeronimo Yanez, who was acquitted on June 16 of second-degree manslaughter in Castile’s death.
Castile died July 6 after being pulled over for a broken taillight. His girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, was in the vehicle, along with her 4-year-old daughter at the time. Reynolds live-streamed the aftermath of the incident, which sparked massive protests across the country.
“The death of Philando Castile is a tragedy for his family and for our community,” a statement from the city and lawyers representing the family said. “The parties moved expeditiously to resolve potential civil claims resulting from this tragedy in order to allow the process of healing to move forward for the Castile family, for the people of St. Anthony Village, and for all those impacted by the death of Philando Castile throughout the United States.”
According to the settlement, no taxpayer money from St. Anthony Village will be used to fund the payout. The family also intends to “deal with their loss through the important work of the Philando Castile Relief Foundation,” the statement says.
The nonprofit was reportedly created to help victims of gun violence.
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