Philando Castile selfie. (Photo courtesy of the Castile family).

The mother of Philando Castile has reached an estimated $3M settlement with the city of St. Anthony, Minnesota, in his death. This settlement comes months after Castile was killed in front of his family during a traffic stop for allegedly “smelling like weed,” according to his killer.

Castile was killed by St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop. Yanez was acquitted of his killing just last week. Yanez is going to quit the police force, according to multiple media reports.

The settlement was announced Monday in a joint statement from the attorneys representing his mother, Valerie Castile and the city of St. Anthony.

“No amount of money could ever replace Philando, with [the] resolution of the claims the family will continue to deal with their loss through the important work of the Philando Castile Relief Foundation,” the statement read.

The announcement comes a week after the family of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed in 2014 by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, also reached a settlement in its wrongful death lawsuit against that city. Brown, who was Black, was killed by then-Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. The tragedy incited outrage and protests across the country.

In the case with Castile, Officer Yanez said he smelled burnt marijuana as he approached the car, according to a criminal complaint that details his state of mind in the seconds before he shot Castile.

“I thought … if he has … the guts and the audacity to smoke marijuana in front of the 5-year-old girl and risk her lungs and risk her life by giving her secondhand smoke and the front seat passenger doing the same thing then what, what care does he give about me,” Yanez said in his testimony.

The officer believed he “had no other option” except to shoot Castile.

Terry Shropshire

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  • britishrose

    first of all mariguana has never been proven or site as a herb that cause cancer or anything that cigarette smoke does or it would not been legalized so save that lie , that would mean cops in colorado can stop a car and shoot if weed comes out the window , please” good grief ,bad enough he shot a man in cold dam blood he has to racialize his guilt , he was not concern about the mental or physical health of a black kid in the back, if he shoot the kids only father figure right in his face , and he actually saw the child , i though you didnt shoot into any areas were children were present unless you a swat team , and its a hostage situation ,so it comes to this , the grand jury is liers and all are racist ,or stupid to let this one walk , he only walk cause they dont want to convict a cop for fear many will walk off the job . they are told to shoot to kill but this was extreme , that man did nothing to be executed .by a scary cop, who should be working as security at a kiddie pool party instead of on the streets . the state know the messed up letting him go

  • Neville

    I see the Feds are now in there with their hands out. Any public assistance money ever received will now have to be paid back if you get a settlement like this. Mike Brown’s family in the same situation.