Philando Castile’s Mom Awarded $3M Settlement

The mother of Philando Castile, the 32-year-old elementary school cafeteria worker killed last year by police in front of his family during a routine traffic stop, has reached a 3 million dollar settlement with St. Anthony, Minneapolis.

This settlement came a week and a half after former officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of second-degree manslaughter and all other offenses after claiming that he “feared for his life”. Castile’s case is the most recent example of excessive force with no conviction of the officer involved in the incident.

Soon after the acquittal, dash cam footage of the actual incident was released and the images further baffled and infuriated any individual who has been following the case.

The footage shows Yanez walking towards Castile’s vehicle and asking for the usual license and registration. Soon after, Castile informs the officer that he has a legally permitted gun. Audiences can hear Yanez frantically telling Castile not to “reach for the gun.” Still, Castile is slowly assuring him that he was not reaching for his weapon.

Yanez then lets off seven rounds into Castile’s car, killing Castile and putting the life of his girlfriend and child in danger. Castile slowly uttered his last words, “I wasn’t reaching…”

Castile’s death encouraged protests and speeches across the nation prompting that there be significant changes implemented on how the police deal with minority civilians.

Although Castile’s life was senselessly cut short, his story will never be forgotten and will be remembered with love and appreciation by his loved ones and supporters.

  • Contributed by Amaya Starkey

WHUR Contributor

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