Philando Castile’s Girlfriend to Receive $800,000 Settlement for Emotional Distress, False Arrest

Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Philando Castile, weeps during a press conference at the Governor’s Residence in St. Paul, Minnesota, July 7, 2016.
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The girlfriend of Philando Castile, Diamond Reynolds, will receive $800,000 under a settlement announced on Tuesday, more than one year after a Minnesota police officer shot and killed Castile in front of Reynolds and their 4-year-old daughter, according to city officials.

Reynolds, who live-streamed the gruesome aftermath of the shooting in July 2016, will receive $675,000 from the city of St. Anthony, Minnesota, and $125,000 from the city of Roseville and the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust as a part of the agreement, officials said Tuesday.

The agreement, if approved by the court, will settle Reynolds’ claims of emotional distress and false arrest.

Castile, 32, was fatally shot by St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop on July 6, 2016.

Neither Reynolds nor her daughter was physically injured in the shooting. They were both held for questioning afterward by Roseville police officers.

“While no amount of money can change what happened, bring Philando back or erase the pain that my daughter and I continue to suffer, I do hope that closing this chapter will allow us to get our lives back and move forward,” Reynolds said in a statement Tuesday.

A portion of the settlement funds will be placed into trust for Reynolds’ daughter and her future educational needs, according to city officials. St. Anthony Mayor Jerry Faust said the settlement “resolves all civil litigation stemming from the incidents on July 6, 2016, and opens the door to continued healing within our community.”

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SOURCE: ABC News, Karma Allen

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