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Philando Castile's Mom Reaches $3 Million Settlement Over Police Shooting

Paige Elliott  MSR News Protesters sitting in the intersection of Hennepin Avenue and 9th Street in downtown Mpls. on June 17 Paige Elliott MSR News Protesters sitting in the intersection of Hennepin Avenue and 9th Street in downtown Mpls. on June 17
Alfredo Watts | 27 June, 2017, 08:11

The settlement in Minnesota, worth $2.995 million, according to a joint statement from the Castile family and the city of St. Anthony, avoids a federal civil rights lawsuit that the family had pledged to bring.

The mother of Philando Castile, a black motorist killed by a police officer, has reached a almost a $3 million agreement with city of St. Anthony, Minnesota, on Monday, according to a statment. Yanez claimed that he feared for his life, believing that Castile was reaching for his gun, and opened fire.

Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, was in the auto and livestreamed the aftermath on Facebook.

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This month, the family of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager killed by police in 2014, reached a settlement with Ferguson, Mo., reported to be worth $1.5 million.

One of Mrs Castile's legal representatives said she did not want a trial to "exacerbate and reopen awful wounds".

"The death of Philando Castile is a tragedy for his family and for our community", the statement said.

"No amount of money could ever replace Philando", a joint statement from the attorneys and city of St. Anthony said. It continues, "With resolution of the claims the family will continue to deal with their loss through the important work of the Philando Castile Relief Foundation".

The foundation provides financial support, grief counselling and scholarships to individuals and families affected by gun violence and police deaths. City Manager Mark Casey did not immediately return a message seeking comment. Yanez can be heard telling Castile "don't pull it out" while Castile replies multiple times that he's not; Yanez then fired several shots into Castile's chest. The squad vehicle footage that captured the moments before the shooting shows Castile saying, "I'm not pulling it out" before Yanez opened fire.

In dashcam video released last week, the officer asks to see Castile's license and registration. "Rafowicz tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press the children knew Castile as Mr. Phil and says he knew every student by name and would often give them "high fives" in the lunch line".

The squad auto video shows the shooting, but does not show the build up to the shooting, creating room for debate.

In a separate development Monday, St. Louis officials said a white police officer shot and injured an off-duty black officer who had been trying to help with an arrest in the city last week.

St. Anthony is taking part in a Justice Department program aimed at advancing trust and respect between police and those they serve.

The agreement was announced Monday morning, June 26, in conjunction with the city.