The St. Anthony, Mn., City Council, facing “threatened litigation,” has voted to pay Diamond Reynolds and her young daughter a $675,000 settlement in connection with the police shooting of Philando Castile, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Reynolds will receive another $125,000 from the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust and the city of Roseville, making the total settlement $800,000. The settlement resolves Reynolds’ claims of “emotional distress and false arrest.” Reynolds, 28, and her daughter, who was 4 at the time, were riding with Castile when he was pulled over by a St. Anthony police officer on July 6, 2016. Castile volunteered that he had a gun, and the officer started shooting, fatally hitting Castile. One bullet passed within inches of Reynolds’ daughter who was in the back seat.
Reynolds began livestreaming on Facebook moments after the shooting. The video has been viewed millions of times. Neither Reynolds nor her daughter was injured, but Reynolds was detained for a time by Roseville police and questioned by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Those issues figured into the settlement. Reynolds said, “The settlement symbolizes that what happened to my daughter and I on July 6, 2016 was wrong. While no amount of money can change what happened, bring Philando back, or erase the pain that my daughter and I continue to suffer, I do hope that closing this chapter will allow us to get our lives back and move forward.” The officer who shot Castile, Jeronimo Yanez, was acquitted in a jury trial in June. The shooting and the verdict sparked weeks of protests, including two that shut down Interstate 94 in St. Paul.