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Philando Castile case: Yanez accepts voluntary separation agreement with St. Anthony

12 July 2017

The city of St. Anthony has officially parted ways with police officer Jeronimo Yanez.

The NRA has finally released a statement about the death of Philando Castile, a man who had a permit to carry a weapon but was still shot by former officer Jeronimo Yanez.

Pressed by the CNN host, Loesch, who was speaking on behalf of the NRA, said Castile's death was "absolutely awful" and "a bad tragedy that could have been avoided".

The shooting prompted widespread anger after Castile's girlfriend, who was in the auto along with her then-four-year-old daughter, livestreamed its gruesome aftermath on Facebook.

Yanez was acquitted of manslaughter and intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers safety earlier in June.

"The City of St. Anthony has concluded that the public will be best served if Officer Yanez is no longer a police officer in our city", the city said in a statement at the time.

The city and Yanez signed a separation agreement.

Under the separation agreement, the city is released from lawsuits by Yanez.

The verdict sparked widespread protests in Minnesota, one of various USA states where prosecutors have failed to secure convictions when police officers have fatally shot African Americans, even when there is video evidence of the shooting.

Yanez had been with the St. Anthony Police Department since November 2011.

Castile's uncle, Clarence Castile, told the Associated Press that he's pleased that Yanez is leaving the police force, and hopes he doesn't join another police department.

"A reasonable voluntary separation agreement brings to a close one part of this disgusting tragedy", the city of St Anthony said in a statement. But he wrote his initials and signed it on Monday (10 July), AP reported. You could see it in agony, the white T-shirt stained with blood, on the seat of the auto while the police officer held him in cheek. At a recent city council meeting, residents of St. Anthony called on the city's mayor to resign.

Castile's family reached a $3 million settlement with St Anthony after Yanez was cleared of charges in June. Dayton has since said he meant it as a healing gesture, and he supports the police as well. Most collective bargaining agreements require several steps before someone can be dismissed.

Philando Castile case: Yanez accepts voluntary separation agreement with St. Anthony