According to a separation agreement announced on Monday, the Minnesota police officer who was acquitted for killing black motorist Philando Castile, will be receiving a buyout of $48,500 to leave the department he was working for at the time of the killing.
Quite The Sum
The Minneapolis suburb of St Anthony will pay Jeronimo Yanez a lump sum minus all relevant deductions such as taxes. They will also be paying him for 600 hours accrued and unused personal leave pay.
Yanez had shot Castile who was a 32-year-old elementary school cafeteria worker at traffic stop several times, after the deceased told him he was armed. It turned out that Castile had a permit for the gun. Castile’s girlfriend, who was in the car with her 4-year-old daughter livestreamed the whole thing, which gained widespread attention.
Latino, 29-year-old Yanez was acquitted on manslaughter charges. The city then announced that the agreement “ends all employment rights” for Yanez and that the “public will be best served” if Yanez is no longer an officer.
“Since Officer Yanez was not convicted of a crime, as a public employee, he would have appeal and grievance rights if terminated,” it said in a statement. “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.”
Clarence Castile, Philando’s uncle said he’s glad he’s no longer an officer. “He should be in jail,” the uncle said. “He’s like a fish that wiggled his way off a hook. … Hopefully he won’t be able to get a police job in the United States. Because he’s a poor example of a police officer.”
After the acquittal, Valeria Castile, arrived at a nearly $3 million-dollar settlement with the City for wrongful death.