The Minnesota police officer acquitted for the fatal shooting of Philando Castile will receive $48,500 after agreeing to leave the police department.
In a report from the Minnesota Star Tribune, Jeronimo Yanez, the cop who killed Castile, will receive a lump sum payment of $48,500 minus applicable deductions and tax withholdings, if he agrees to leave the St. Anthony Police Department. He will also receive payment for up to 600 accrued hours of personal leave, although it is unknown how much personal leave Yanez accrued.
The city’s website released a statement on the agreement, writing:
In order to serve the public interest and quickly assure the public that Officer Yanez will not continue as a St. Anthony police officer, the City has entered into a separation agreement that ends all employment rights of Officer Yanez at the City. Since Officer Yanez was not convicted of a crime, as a public employee, he would have appeal and grievance rights if terminated. A reasonable voluntary separation agreement brings to a close one part of this horrible tragedy. The City concluded this was the most thoughtful way to move forward and help the community-wide healing process proceed.
The official date of Yanez’s removal from the department was on June 30. From that date, he had 10 days to consider the offer. Following that, he will have 15 days to rescind the agreement in writing.