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St. Anthony Police Pays Philando Castile’s Killer To Leave Department

by Miah Hardy

July 11, 2017

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Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez signed a separation agreement with the city after being acquitted of all charges connected to the shooting death of Philando Castile.

The agreement will allow him to walk away from the department in exchange for $48,500.

The city of St. Anthony published this statement in response, “since Officer Yanez was not convicted of a crime, as a public employee, he would have appeal and grievance rights if terminated.”

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The Minnesota Star Tribune acquired a copy of the agreement from the city’s attorney on the case and discovered Yanez will receive a lump sum of $48,500 minus deductions and tax withholdings in addition to a payment for up to 600 hours of accumulated personal leave.

It is unknown how much time he accumulated, but Yanez was making $72,612.80 a year when he shot and killed Castile on July 6, 2016  in front of his girlfriend and four-year-old daughter.

The agreement noted his official “date of separation” to be June 30 and he was given 10 days to sign the agreement. Yanez also has 15 days to rescind the agreement in writing.

Yanez signing the agreement releases the city from “all liability and damages and from all claims” by him in regard to Castile’s death.

In June, the city reached a nearly $3 million settlement with Castile’s mother.

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