Philando Castile’s Girlfriend Gets $800,000 In Settlement From City
St. Anthony (MN) City Council voted 4-0 to settle with Diamond Reynolds for $675,000 while Reynolds will receive another $125,000 from the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust and the city of Roseville, making the total settlement $800,000.
The St. Anthony City Council, facing “threatened litigation,” voted Tuesday night to pay Diamond Reynolds and her young daughter a $675,000 settlement in connection with the police shooting of Philando Castile.
The settlement resolves Reynolds’ claims of “emotional distress and false arrest,” according to a statement on St. Anthony’s website.
Reynolds, 28, and her daughter, who was 4 at the time, were riding in the car with Castile when he was pulled over by a St. Anthony police officer on July 6, 2016. That stop resulted in the shooting death of Philando Castile after he grabbed for a gun.
The officer who shot Castile, Jeronimo Yanez, was acquitted of all charges in a jury trial in June. The initial shooting and the verdict sparked weeks of protests, including two that shut down Interstate 94 in St. Paul.
Reynolds began livestreaming on Facebook moments after the shooting.
Neither Reynolds nor her daughter was injured, but Reynolds was detained for a time by Roseville police and questioned by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Those issues figured into the settlement, according to the city’s statement.
In June, Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, received a 3 million dollar settlement from the city of St. Anthony.