Officer who killed Philando Castile accepts buyout from city
By Daniel Terrill
St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez appearing during his trail. (Photo: Star Tribune)
The police officer acquitted of the shooting death of Philando Castile accepted a buyout from the city of St. Anthony to the tune of $48,500, according to the separation agreement Jeronimo Yanez signed Monday and was obtained by local media.
“Since Officer Yanez was not convicted of a crime, as a public employee, he would have appeal and grievance rights if terminated,” the city said in a statement. “A reasonable voluntary separation agreement brings to a close one part of this horrible tragedy. The City concluded this was the most thoughtful way to move forward and help the community-wide healing process proceed.”
According to the agreement, Yanez will accept the six figures in a lump sum payment, minus applicable deductibles and withholdings for state and federal taxes. The Minneapolis suburb released the five-page agreement through a records request. Yanez initialed and dated the bottom of each page and signed the last. However, he has 15 days to submit a written statement to rescind the release of his claims.
A state jury acquitted Yanez of manslaughter and other charges last month for killing Castile. That same day, the city announced that Yanez would