The woman who livestreamed the moments immediately after her boyfriend Philando Castile was shot and killed in his car will receive nearly $1 million in settlement money for her treatment in the 2016 incident.
Diamond Reynolds will be awarded $675,000 from the city of St. Anthony after the city council voted in favor of the settlement money on Tuesday evening. She will also receive an additional $125,000 from the City of Roseville and the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust, bringing her total settlement amount to $800,000, KARE reported.
By accepting this settlement, Reynolds ends any legal claims she may have against the cities stemming from Castile’s death at the hands of St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez, and the subsequent detention she and her daughter experienced in the nearby city of Roseville.
“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,” Reynolds said in a statement to Minnesota Public Radio.
This is not the first time St. Anthony has paid out a large settlement following Castile’s death. In June, the city awarded Philando’s mother Valerie nearly $3 million to avoid a lengthy civil trial which Castile’s attorney said would “exacerbate and reopen terrible wounds.”
Earlier that month, Yanez was found not guilty of murder for Castile’s death. His acquittal prompted mass demonstrations. Yanez later received nearly $50,000 as part of a separation agreement with the St. Antony Police Department
Reynolds’ settlement was reportedly approved by a vote of 4-0 by the St. Anthony City Council. The settlement now awaits final court approval, after which an undisclosed portion will be set aside for Reynolds’ daughter, who was in the car and witnessed Castile’s death.