Ac­quit­ted Min­nesota of­fi­cer off force

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

MIN­NEAPO­LIS — The Min­nesota po­lice of­fi­cer who was ac­quit­ted in last year’s fa­tal shoot­ing of black mo­torist Phi­lando Castile has left the sub­ur­ban po­lice de­part­ment where he served.

The Min­neapo­lis sub­urb of St. An­thony an­nounced Mon­day that Jeron­imo Yanez is no longer with the Po­lice De­part­ment. The terms of the sep­a­ra­tion agree­ment were not re­leased, and nei­ther the city nor Yanez’s at­tor­ney im­me­di­ately re­sponded to mes­sages.

Castile, a 32-year-old el­e­men­tary school cafe­te­ria worker, was shot by Yanez dur­ing a traf­fic stop on July 6, 2016, af­ter Castile told the of­fi­cer that he was armed. Castile had a per­mit for his gun.

Yanez, who is His­panic, was ac­quit­ted of man­slaugh­ter and other charges in June. On the day of the ver­dict, the city an­nounced that the “public will be best served” if Yanez were no longer an of­fi­cer. The city said it was of­fer­ing Yanez a buy­out and ne­go­ti­a­tions were on­go­ing. He was not re­turned to ac­tive duty.

Yanez’s ac­quit­tal led to days of protests, in­clud­ing one in St. Paul that shut down In­ter­state 94 for hours and ended with 18 ar­rests.

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