The St. Anthony, Mn., police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile last July has agreed to terminate his employment with the city, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Jeronimo Yanez will receive $48,500 and any unused personal leave pay he is due from the city as part of a voluntary separation agreement he signed yesterday. Officials announced they would offer Yanez such an agreement after a jury found him not guilty of manslaughter in Castile’s death on June 16.
“The City concluded this was the most thoughtful way to move forward and help the community-wide healing process proceed,” St. Anthony officials said. “Since Officer Yanez was not convicted of a crime, as a public employee, he would have appeal and grievance rights if terminated.” Yanez waived these rights by signing the separation agreement, which “brings to a close one part of this horrible tragedy,” the officials’ statement says. The agreement stipulates that Yanez’s decision to sign it does not constitute an admission of any wrongdoing on his part, but that he and St. Anthony “agree that the public will be best served if you are no longer a police officer in the City.” Yanez, 29, was acquitted on manslaughter charges last month after a three-week trial.