Police Officer Involved In Fatal Philando Castile Shooting Will Be Paid $50K Buyout

Jeronimo Yanez, the Minnesota police officer acquitted for the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, will receive a $48,500 lump sum, as he leaves his police department. Yanez and the city of St. Anthony announced a separation agreement Monday.

As reported by Essence Magazine, the Minneapolis suburb of St. Anthony will pay Yanez for an additional 600 hours of unused and accrued personal leave pay. The agreement however, does not show the amount of time that he accrued.

Last year Yanez shot Castile, a 32-year-old cafeteria worker, seven times during a traffic stop. Castile informed the officer he was armed and had a permit for his gun.

The shooting gained media attention after Castile’s girlfriend, who was in the car with him and their young daughter, live-streamed the aftermath on Facebook.

29-year-old Yanez was acquitted of manslaughter last month. After the verdict, the city announced the “public will be best served” as a result they reached an agreement to “[end] all employment right” for Yanez.

The city concluded that a separation agreement would be the most appropriate way to move forward and help the community heal.

Yanez, who has been with St. Anthony’s department since November 2011, was given 10 days to sign the agreement and 15 days to rescind it in writing. The agreement has noted the official date of separation as June 30th.

Clarence Castile, uncle of Philando, is happy that Yanez will no longer be an officer.

“He should be in jail,” said Clarence Castile. “Hopefully he won’t be able to get a police job in the United States. Because he’s a poor example of a police officer.”

After Yanez’s acquittal, Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, reached a $3 million settlement with the city, preventing a wrongful death lawsuit.

According to the Associated Press, separation agreements in high profile fatal shootings are unusual. In few cases, officers are instantly fired. However, in most cases of acquittal, officers remained on the force.

David Larson, law professor at Michell Hamline School of Law, believes reaching a voluntary separation agreement can be much easier than firing a public employee like Yanez. His theory is that firing Yanez lead to an extremely lengthy arbitration process.

“Given the emotion…and the public protests, St. Anthony is probably saying the most important thing…is to wrap this up as quickly as [possible],” Larson said.

– Contributed by Devyn Rorie

WHUR Contributor

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