ST. ANTHONY, Minn. — The City of St. Anthony will end its policing contract with the Twin Cities suburb where a black motorist was fatally shot by a police officer a year ago. The City Council Tuesday night voted to terminate its police coverage for Falcon Heights.
St. Anthony Officer Jeronimo Yanez stopped Philando Castile in Falcon Heights last July, a traffic stop that ended with Yanez fatally shooting him.
Yanez, who’s Latino, on Monday agreed to leave the St. Anthony police force in exchange for $48,500. He was recently acquitted of manslaughter and other charges relating to the shooting. Castile was shot several times after he told Yanez that he was armed. Castile had a permit for his gun.
Castile’s girlfriend livestreamed the aftermath of the shooting on social media, a video that was widely shared.