Yanez exits St. Anthony PD with nearly $50K

On June 16, less than an hour after officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of all charges for fatally shooting Philando Castile, St. Anthony Village announced he would be leaving the city’s police department under a voluntary separation agreement. 

According to a five-page document released by St. Anthony, Yanez and City Manager Mark Casey signed the separation agreement July 10, finalizing the deal. 

As laid out in the document, Yanez will be paid a lump sum of $48,500, plus any unused personal leave pay. 

In return, he is leaving the department, where he worked since Nov. 2011. He’d been on paid administrative leave since the July 6, 2016, shooting, with a brief — and protested — return to desk duty one week last August.

Yanez was charged with second-degree manslaughter after firing seven shots into Castile’s vehicle, killing Castile, a 32-year-old black man, during a traffic stop on Larpenteur Avenue in Falcon Heights. He was also charged with two counts of dangerously discharging his weapon, as the vehicle was also occupied by Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her daughter, who was 4 years old at the time. 

Though Yanez was not convicted of any wrongdoing after a Ramsey County jury found him not-guilty, St. Anthony said in a statement that “the public will be best served if officer Yanez is no longer a police officer in our city.”

Both the initial shooting and then the acquittal sparked protests in the Twin Cities and beyond.

St. Anthony said the money, or “separation benefits,” offered to Yanez is meant “to help him transition to another career other than being a St. Anthony officer.”

Since the acquittal, several residents and groups have spoken out against giving severance pay to Yanez.

According to St. Anthony, at the time of the July 6 shooting, Yanez’s salary was $72,612. 

Officially, Yanez’s last day as a St. Anthony police officer was June 30. 

Two weeks before St. Anthony announced the terms and completion of Yanez’s separation, the city announced a cash settlement with the Castile family, agreeing to pay Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, $2.995 million to settle all civil claims related to Castile’s death.


Jesse Poole can be reached at jpoole@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7815.

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