The family of Philando Castile, the unarmed black man fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer back in July 2016 during traffic stop, reached a settlement of nearly $3 million with the city of St.Anthony, Minnesota.
This announcement, which was made by both parties involved, came a week and a half after the officer who did the shooting, Jeronimo Yanez, was acquitted of the fatal shooting, which streamed on Facebook live by Philando’s girlfriend.
In a joint statement with the city of St.Anthony, Valerie Castile, who is the mother of Philando, is said to receive $2.995 million as part of the settlement.
The statement read “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.”
Although no amount of money could ever bring back her slain son, the settlement saved the family from going through the long term troubles of filing a federal civil rights lawsuit with the city. As we have seen in previous wrongful death cases of African American men and women, the officers involved rarely get charged with any worng doing.
In another police officer involved shooting in Ferguson, Mo of an unarmed black man that made national headlines in 2014, the parents of Michael Brown recently settled their wrongful death lawsuit last week. Upon initially not going public with the settlement, the Ferguson city attorney later said it was for $1.5 million. The grand jury involved with his case decided not to indict officer Darren Wilson, and the Justice Department also declined to pursue federal charges.
It is saddens us to see this type of racial discrimination still taking place in the 21st century. No parent should ever have to bury their child, and especially under circumstances. We are prayng for better days.