Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Local officer writes letter in response to Philando Castile shooting

Local officer writes letter in response to Philando Castile shooting

The most prominent example was the shooting death of Philando Castile by then St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez previous year, they told the council.

The settlement to be paid to Valerie Castile, who is the trustee for her family in the case, will avoid a federal wrongful death lawsuit stemming from Mr Castile's death.

The 32-year-old elementary school cafeteria worker was killed by St. Anthony officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop July 6 after Castile told the officer he was armed. Jackson, who was the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor of Virginia in 2013, called Castile's death "tragic" and "horrible", but placed most of the blame on Castile for supposedly being "poorly trained and poorly taught" in gun safety.

The shooting gained global attention when its aftermath was live-streamed on Facebook by Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who along with her 4-year-old daughter, was in the auto at the time.

Yanez, who is Latino, was acquitted of manslaughter and other charges earlier this month.

Sherman, a member of St. Anthony Villagers for Community Action, said the settlement underscores the city's culpability in Castile's death.

Michelle Gross, president of Communities United Against Police Brutality, said that although additional information about the shooting might have been divulged in a civil trial, the settlement saves the family from further trauma.

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Demonstrators at Tuesday night's St. Anthony City Council meeting angrily demanded the resignations of the mayor and several other city officials, saying they have failed the community in the wake of the fatal shooting of Philando Castile by a St. Anthony police officer.

'With resolution of the claims the family will continue to deal with their loss through the important work of the Philando Castile Relief Foundation'.

Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, later said Castile was reaching for his wallet.

The verdict, which sparked renewed protests in Minnesota, was the first of a string of three trials in one week in which USA prosecutors failed to secure convictions of police officers in questionable shootings - revealing the difficulty of prosecuting such cases, even with video evidence. In March, the office outlined goals and objectives for its assessment of the police department.

This month, when Kamoske saw recently-released dash cam video of Castile's shooting, she chose to contact the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Monday's joint statement said no taxpayer money will be used to fund Valerie Castile's settlement. The department serves the cities of St. Anthony, Lauderdale and Falcon Heights, where the shooting occurred.

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