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27 June 2017, 12:50 | Violet Powell
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Philando Castile's family will receive $3 million in a settlement with St. Anthony, Minn., after a police officer fatally shot him during a routine traffic stop past year, according to Monday reports.
The shooting gained widespread attention after Castile's girlfriend livestreamed its aftermath on Facebook.
Jeronimo Yanez, 29, was found not guilty of manslaughter earlier this month for shooting the 32-year-old Castile during a traffic stop last year, after the driver informed the officer that he was carrying a gun, for which he had a legal permit.
The squad-car video shows the shooting, but does not show what happened inside the auto or what Yanez saw, leaving room for reasonable doubt.
The announcement was made just a week after a jury elected to clear the officer who discharged his gun at point blank range on Castile while in the auto with his girlfriend and young daughter.
"The city and (Valerie Castile) were able to reach this agreement avoiding a federal civil rights lawsuit which may have taken years to work its way through the courts exacerbating the suffering of the family and of the community", the city said in its statement.
The Minnesota city said in a statement released Monday, June 26, that "the parties moved expeditiously to resolve potential civil claims resulting from this tragedy in order to allow the process of healing to move forward". When Castile reached for his wallet, informing Yanez a few times that he was not reaching for his legal weapon, Yanez began discharging his firearm, killing Castile just inches away from his girlfriend and child.
Video captured by Yanez's squad vehicle dash camera shows him approaching Castile's auto to address an out tail light. The officer said he feared for his life.
On the same day Yanez was acquitted, St. Anthony announced that he will no longer serve as a police officer there. Messages left with the city were not immediately returned.
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