Philando Castile’s family has reached a $3 million settlement with the Minnesota city he was fatally shot in.
In a report from the Associated Press, the money will be paid to Philando’s mother Valerie Castile, who is the trustee for her family in the case. The money will come from the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust, which holds the insurance policy for the city of St. Anthony, but only after the settlement is approved by a state court.
Glenda Hatchett and Robert Bennett, Valerie’s attorneys, said the idea behind the settlement was to move quickly rather than have the case drawn out in federal court, a process that would “exacerbate and reopen terrible wounds.”
“No amount of money could ever replace Philando,” a joint statement said. “With resolution of the claims the family will continue to deal with their loss through the important work of the Philando Castile Relief Foundation.”
Jeronimo Yanez was recently found not guilty in the murder of Philando. Following his case a collection of documents from the trial were released, including a transcript of an interview with Yanez said the smell of weed from Philando’s car made him fear for his life.
“I thought, I was gonna die,” the former Minneapolis police officer said. “…I thought if he’s, if he has the guts and the audacity to smoke marijuana in front of the five-year-old girl and risk her lungs and risk her life by giving her secondhand smoke and the front seat passenger doing the same thing then what, what care does he give about me?”