A Minnesota police officer who was acquitted in last year’s fatal shooting of Black motorist Philando Castile will receive US$48,500 as he leaves the suburban department that employed him at the time of the killing.
According to the agreement with the St. Anthony Police Department announced Monday, Jeronimo Yanez will be paid the money in a lump sum, minus applicable deductions and withholdings for state and federal taxes.
On July 6, 2016, Castile was shot dead in front of his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her four-year-old daughter by Yanez during a traffic stop after Castile told the officer he was armed in the suburban neighborhood of Falcon Heights in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
The shooting gained widespread attention after Reynolds livestreamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook.
Yanez, who is 29 and Latino, was acquitted of manslaughter and other charges in the shooting of Castile in June.