St. Anthony, MN – Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Philando Castile who was repeatedly caught lying about the shooting, was awarded settlements that total $800,000 on Tuesday night.
The St. Anthony City Council unanimously voted to pay Reynolds and her 4-year-old daughter $675,000 for “emotional distress,” KSTP reported.
The City of Roseville and the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust will pay her an additional $125,000.
As a result of the settlement, no further legal proceedings regarding the shooting can be opened in the future, KSTP reported.
“If we don’t approve this and we go ahead with litigation, it would just reopen the whole case again and bring heartache to everyone involved,” St. Anthony Mayor Jerry Faust told CBS.
“It is best to settle, and this will resolve all civil litigation stemming from the incident on July 6, 2016, and it opens the door to continued healing within our community,” he said.
Reynolds, whose daughter was with her in the car when Castile was shot, issued a statement on Tuesday night.
“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,” she said.
According to KSTP, the settlement is not an admission of guilt on behalf of any of the involved parties.
Reynolds is facing felony assault charges for an unrelated incident where she allegedly attacked a woman with a hammer.
According to CBS News, Reynolds and the other two women, Chnika Blair, 18, and Dyamond Richardson, 25, were arrested March 2, after the victim reported the attack to the police.
Castile was shot and killed during a July, 2016 traffic stop by former St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez.
The media went wild with its reporting of the case, largely due to a false narrative by Reynolds, who live streamed only what happened after the incident – not what led up to it or what occurred during it.
Diamond Reynolds lied after Castile was shot and said that he didn’t have any criminal history.
After the shooting Reynolds also lied by claiming that she was Castile’s fiance, when she wasn’t. She claimed that she was held overnight by the police, when she was only interviewed for two hours before an officer bought her groceries and took her home. And Reynolds claimed that police didn’t provide first aid to Castile, when they did.
However, dash cam video that was released told the true story of what occurred.
During the traffic stop, Castile told Officer Yanez that he had a gun. Officer Yanez can be heard in the video telling him several times not to reach for it, not to “pull it out.”
Castile told Officer Yanez, “I don’t have to reach for it,” and reached in the area where the gun was, despite multiple commands not to.
Officer Yanez shot Castile after he ignored orders and reached towards his gun.
A jury acquitted Officer Yanez of all charges involving the shooting of Castile after 27 hours of deliberation on June 16. Shortly afterward, the city of St. Anthony announced that Officer Yanez would never be allowed to return to work.
“The City of St. Anthony has concluded that the public will be best served if Officer Yanez is no longer a police officer in our city. The city intends to offer Officer Yanez a voluntary separation agreement to help him transition to another career other than being a St. Anthony officer,” the city said in a statement after the acquittal.
Police sources in the area told Blue Lives Matter that Officer Yanez agreed to resign after he learned that the department wouldn’t allow him to return to work.
This wasn’t the first payment from the city for Castile’s death.
His mother, Valerie Castile, settled a wrongful death claim with the city in June in the amount of $2,995,000, KTSP reported.
The League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust, which holds the insurance policy for the city of St. Anthony, is responsible for payment of the settlement to Castile’s mother.
The insurance company also holds the policy for the city of Roseville, and will pay $125,000 of Reynolds’ settlement, CBS reported.
St. Anthony City Manager Mark Casey told KSTP that the remaining $675,000 of Reynolds’ settlement will come from internal borrowing.