Mother of police victim gets nearly $3M settlement


Christian radio host E.W Jackson expressed his support June 23 for officer Jeronimo Yanez who shot and killed Philando Castile, an African-American, during a July 6, 2016 traffic stop in St. Paul, Minnesota (video below).

The settlement was done in favor of a federal wrongful death suit that could have taken years to resolve. Not only did a jury find Yanez not guilty, now the city is paying Castile's family $3 million in a settlement throughLeague of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust according to the Associated Press.

The shooting gained worldwide attention when its aftermath was live-streamed on Facebook by Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who along with her 4-year-old daughter, was in the vehicle at the time.

Mr Yanez, who is Latino, was acquitted of manslaughter and other charges earlier this month.

Jackson was trying to hold Democrats responsible for the actions of a lone shooter James Hodgkinson, who was killed by police after opening fire on Republican lawmakers during their baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

If Reynolds were to file and win a claim, the city's remaining $5,000 in coverage would be paid to her, and St. Anthony would have to cover any additional money awarded.

Bennett said it also will allow Valerie Castile to do the work she plans through the Philando Castile Relief Foundation.

Jackson later said that Castile "should have never reached for that weapon", despite any supporting evidence that Castile did reach for his gun.

Robert Bennett, who along with attorney Glenda Hatchett is representing Ms Castile, said the idea behind the settlement was to move expeditiously rather than have the case drawn out in federal court, a process that would "exacerbate and reopen bad wounds". He has since been offered "voluntary separation" from Minnesota Police.

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 department serves the cities of St. Anthony, Lauderdale and Falcon Heights, where the shooting occurred.

Monday's joint statement said no taxpayer money will be used to fund Valerie Castile's settlement.