Family of Police Killing Victim Philando Castile Reach $3 Million Settlement

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Kyle Willoughby

ERIC GARNER: New York City reached a $5.9 million settlement in 2015 with the family of Garner, an unarmed, black man who died after being put in a white police officer's chokehold.

"The death of Philando Castile is a tragedy for his family and for our community", the statement says. The city of St. Anthony Village said it "moved expeditiously.in order to allow the process of healing to move forward for the Castile family".

"No amount of money could ever replace Philando", reads a joint statement from the city and the Castile family.

"I think this is a way of stopping what could be several years of litigation traveling through the courts and exacerbating the suffering of the family and the community", Mr. Bennett said.

Castile was killed July 6, 2016, during a traffic stop, and his death, as well as the acquittal of Yanez, have drawn protests across the country. Frank Baker received a $2 million settlement after a K-9 police dog savaged his leg, and another officer kicked him, breaking seven of his ribs and collapsing his lung.


The incident had gained widespread attention last year after Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who was in the vehicle with the couple's then-4-year-old daughter, live streamed the gruesome shooting.

Bennett said his decades-long relationship with Joe Flynn, the attorney who represented St. Anthony in Castile's case, helped bring a quick resolution.

A civil lawsuit for wrongful death has concluded with the news that Valerie Castile, his mother, will receive the money from the city of St Anthony. Don't reach for it then'.

Yanez: Don't pull it out. Including: a bullet wound to Castile's trigger finger, and no bullet damage to his right-short pocket, where first responders testified that the gun fell from as he was loaded onto a medical backboard.

Yanez asks for Castile's driver's license and insurance, the video shows. In her livestream video, Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, says that Castile was reaching for his wallet, not his gun. He also said the city of St. Anthony has a commitment to make positive changes to their police department. The 29-year-old Latino officer's statement was referenced repeatedly by prosecutors throughout his trial as evidence of what they said was the officer's shifting story about what prompted him to fire.

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