Philando Castile. Photo courtesy of the Castile family.

Does it pay to kill a young black man?

Jeronimo Yanez, the Minnesota officer who fatally shot Philando Castile,  is getting a very handsome severance package as he leaves the police force.

NBC News reports that the suburban Minneapolis police force agreed to pay him $48,500 in a separation agreement announced Monday. The money will be paid in a lump sum, minus applicable deductions and withholdings for state and federal taxes. Moreover, the officer will get up to 600 hours of accrued and unused personal leave pay.

“Since Officer Yanez was not convicted of a crime, as a public employee, he would have appeal and grievance rights if terminated,” said his former department in a statement according to NBC. “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.”

Castile, a 32-year-old elementary school cafeteria worker, was shot by Yanez during a traffic stop on July 6, 2016, despite the fact that Castile told the officer he was armed and had a permit for his gun. The shooting ignited nationwide protests and worldwide headlines after Castile’s girlfriend, who was in the car along with her then 4-year-old daughter, live streamed its horrific scene on Facebook.

Yanez, 29, was acquitted of manslaughter and other charges in June. However, the city declared Yanez unemployable on the police force, saying the  “public will be best served” if Yanez was no longer an officer. The city said Monday that the agreement “ends all employment rights” for Yanez.

Under the agreement, the city can no longer be subjected to lawsuits by Yanez.

Castile’s uncle, Clarence Castile, said he’s glad Yanez will no longer be an officer.

“He should be in jail,” the uncle said, according to NBC. “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.”

Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, was awarded approximately $3M from the city, which prevents her from bringing a wrongful death lawsuit.

Terry Shropshire

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  • Oak510finest

    Race soldiers are always rewarded for killing blacks. Every officer that has accused of murdering unarmed black civilians in the past few yrs. Has received a hefty bounty, either through GoFundme or former employer.

    • wiiasm

      That has got to be the most idiotic and ignorant non-factual statement I’ve ever read in regards to suspected racially driven police shootings of black civilians. Being a minority myself, I think I understand what you are implying. However, you crapped all over your own shoes trying to explain how you personally choose to profile all police personnel involved in shootings of black civilians. You really should be embarrassed.

      • Oak510finest

        Typical emotional response from a white supremacist sypathizer. You had a perfect opportunity to dispute what I said with examples. But as most racism cheerleaders do, you chose to deflect!

        Please explain how and why these race soldiers and white supremacists received funds for the murder of unarmed black men.

        1. Jeronimo Yanez received his separation or ” reward” money.

        2. Betty Shelby received back pay or her “reward” money

        3.George Zimmerman received thousands or of dollars via Gogundme for his reward money.

        4.Yohannes Mesherle who killed Oscsr Grant received his back pay or reward money.

        5. Darren Wilson received thousands from Gofundme for murdering Michael Brown.

        6. Michael Slager received thousands via Gofundme for murdering Michael Scott.

        7. Peter Liang received thousands of reward dollars from the asian community, who also paid the prosecution.

        As you can see. I am not one to speak from opinion, but rather facts. If you are black, then you should no better! But based on your post, you are either asian or hispanic(even though hispanic is not a race).

        You can see from my previous posts here. I am really not the rah rah type! Especially behind no keyboard. But don’t respond to me with all that cowardly talk about profiling police and me being embarrassed for speaking on it. When it’s black men, women anf children getting slaughtered by people who are paid to protect and serve them.

  • Basic

    Wow… Kill a black guy with zero justification and you’re set for life.

    Great message

    • What

      $30k = set for life? They couldn’t legally fire him, but they don’t want him to be a cop, the last option is a severance deal.

      • Basic

        Ok, I was exaggerating but you shouldn’t be rewarded for murder.