Jeronimo Yanez, the Minnesota officer who was acquitted for killing Philando Castile, will be paid $48,500 to leave the police department were he was employed, according to a separation agreement released to the public Monday. According to various reports, Yanez will also get compensated for the 600 unused personal leave hours. At the time of Castile’s death, Yanez yearly salary was reported at $72,600, which doesn’t include overtime.
In a statement, the city explained what Yanez leaving the department would hopefully do for the city. “Since Officer Yanez was not convicted of a crime, as a public employee, he would have appeal and grievance rights if terminated,” it said in a statement. “A reasonable voluntary separation agreement brings to a close one part of this horrible tragedy. The City concluded this was the most thoughtful way to move forward and help the community-wide healing process proceed.”