$ 3 Million to the family of a motorist black killed by police

Valerie Castile mother of Philando Castile a black motorist who was killed by Officer Jeronimo Yanez speaks about her reaction to a not guilty verdict for Yanez at the Ramsey County Courthouse in St. Pau

The family of Philando Castile, a black motorist who was shot five times during a traffic stop in Minnesota a year ago by a police officer, reached a $3 million settlement with the city of St. Anthony, according to media reports.

The $2.9 million agreement that needs approval from a state court, will be paid by a company that holds the insurance policy for the city of St. Anthony, according to a joint statement by the Castile family and the city.

The settlement was done in favor of a federal wrongful death suit that could have taken years to resolve.

Yanez said on the stand that he fired his gun after Castile volunteered that he had a gun in his possession and continued to move his arm despite orders not to reach for it. Castile had a permit to carry the gun, which was later found in his right front shorts pocket.

The shooting gained global attention when its aftermath was live-streamed on Facebook by Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who along with her 4-year-old daughter, was in the auto at the time.

Ramsey County jurors heard five days of testimony before acquitting Yanez, 29, on June 16 of second-degree manslaughter and two charges of reckless discharge of a firearm.

The statement from the city and Ms Castile's attorneys says no taxpayer money will be used to fund the settlement.

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The settlement happened faster than others stemming from the killings of black men by police officers elsewhere.

Darin Richardson, claims manager with the League of Minnesota Cities, said St. Anthony's insurance coverage is $3 million per occurrence.

Bennett said his decades-long relationship with Joe Flynn, the attorney who represented St. Anthony in Castile's case, helped bring a quick resolution.

Bennett said it also will allow Valerie Castile to do the work she plans through the Philando Castile Relief Foundation. The officer said he feared for his life.

Bennett said the next steps include tracking down several of Philando Castile's half-siblings to determine whether they want to make any claims on the money. He has since been offered "voluntary separation" from Minnesota Police.

Moments before Castile was shot, he clearly told Yanez: "I'm not pulling it out" in reference his gun. The department serves the cities of St. Anthony, Lauderdale and Falcon Heights, where the shooting occurred.

Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who filmed the incident will not be included in the settlement.

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