After the year and a half long legal battle that ensued after the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile back in July 2016, his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds will receive $800,000 in settlements.
Reynolds and her four-year-old daughter were in the car with Castile at the time of the shooting Neither were physically injured but allege emotional trauma and false arrest in connection with the shooting. The young family of two will be receiving $125,000 from the city of Roseville and the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust, as well as $675,000 from the city of St. Anthony, Minnesota.
The fatal incident took place on July 6, 2016 when Philando Castile, who was 32 years old and worked as a cafeteria supervisor, was pulled over by Officer Jeronimo Yanez in Falcon Heights. Reportedly, after Officer Yanez asked to see Castile’s license and registration, the cafeteria supervisor told the officer he was carrying a licensed gun. With Diamond Reynolds livestreaming through facebook, Officer Yanez discharged his weapon hitting Castile four times.
The video soon went viral and sparked major protests across the entire country. As the incident brought on heavy disorder, so has the final verdicts.Reynolds’ settlement, as well as Officer Yanez being acquitted of all charges, has brought on further objection and scrutiny from people who had been following the case. Many feel that Diamond Reynolds and her daughter didn’t get enough for their misfortune and trauma.
“$800k??? Dassit??? She needed a better lawyer. She should be sitting on no less than $3 mil RT @TheSource: Philando Castile’s Girlfriend to Receive $800K Settlement for Emotional Distress & False Arrest,” one person criticised the verdict via Twitter.
More people in the community are outraged that the $800,000 amount and the officer’s acquittal isn’t near enough justice.
“#msnbc #amjoy #Blacktwitter #BlackLivesMatter ? So what is a #Blackman ‘s #PhilandoCastile life worth in an America that refuses to convict police for wrongful death? #StAnthony will collect this $ back in 1 month of issuing traffic tickets,” was another person’s feelings posted to Twitter.
To add insult to injury, Minnesota law enforcement is getting even more heat after the Sheriff Deputy tweeted his own personal disapproval of Reynolds’ receiving the $800K.
This created an even deeper divide between the local law enforcement and citizens all over the country, as the social media community reacted swiftly to the officer’s tweet. Many started to demand Officer McBroom’s immediate termination from the force.
“Tom McBroom is an ignorant POS. and unfit for his sensitive job. @elysianCity #TomMcBroom #FireTomMcBroom#PhilandoCastile #DiamondReynolds,” said one Twitter user.
McBroom attempted to explain himself, stating that the comment had nothing to do with race, during an interview on November 30. He claimed that his comment stemmed from a consumer’s temptation to spend money instead of saving it.
“I have friends of mine in the Minneapolis Police Department,” he said during the interview. “And you know, that’s an epidemic up there, crack cocaine and opioids… I’ve seen them come to court. They’ve lost their children, but they come to court dressed to the nines with Michael Kors purses. To be frank with you, they don’t have a pot to piss in…. I see it time and time again and I just shake my head and say, ‘Why wasn’t there anyone to help that person?’”
The interview didn’t come to any avail for the officer in the eyes of those following the story. Multiple social media posts went out following the interview that called McBroom a racist, among other things, and continued to demand his termination.
“Tom McBroom petty ass racist POS,” was one of many like-minded posts following the interview.
“What a racist piece of trash Tom McBroom is. Public servant, huh?” posted another user.
The issue has been taken even further after a Change.org petition was put together asking for enough signatures to call for the officer’s termination. Many have already signed the petition, which aims to collect 2,500 signatures.
After the settlement for Diamond Reynolds was reached, she released the following statement:
“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.”
But anger continues to follow the Reynolds settlement for Philando Castile’s death. Protestersbelieve that $800,000 isn’t enough for the price of a man’s life and that Officer Yanez didn’t get the punishment he deserved.
“Taxpayers are SUBSIDZING the MURDER of Black citizens. The cop should be in prison, the D.A. should be in prison and the police dept should be civilian monitoring INDEFINITELY,” a Twitter user posted.
Reynolds’ settlement was reached five months after the town of St. Anthony agreed to pay Castile’s mother $2.995 million.
Written By: Deanna Rose Morgado