St. Anthony, Minnesota made a decision to settle with Jeronimo Yanez, who killed Philando Castile, instead of firing him.
In a statement, the city said it made the agreement “to serve the public interest and quickly assure the public that Officer [Jeronimo] Yanez will not continue as a St. Anthony police officer.”
“A reasonable voluntary separation agreement brings to a close one part of this horrible tragedy,” the statement continued. “The City concluded this was the most thoughtful way to move forward and help the community-wide healing process proceed.”
Employment law professor David Larson told the Associated Press that that reaching a voluntary separation agreement is often the path of least resistance in these types of cases. Firing an employee under most collective bargaining agreements is complicated, requiring multiple steps before terminating the worker.
“Given the emotion that’s been involved with this and the public protests, St. Anthony is probably saying the most important thing to us is to wrap this up as quickly as we can,” Larson stated. Maybe it is what the city officials think but we think that Yanez has just got 50 grand for killing Philando Castile and that looks very much like a reward and a stimulus to continue.