Girlfriend of Philando Castile suing Minnesota mayor after he said she’d spend settlement money on ‘crack’: report

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Diamond Reynolds, who gained national attention in 2016 after she recorded live video of police fatally shooting her boyfriend, Philando Castile, during a traffic stop, is suing a local Minnesota mayor for more than $50,000 over a tweet he made about her that critics have called racist, The Star Tribune reports.

According to the publication, shortly after Reynolds in 2017 received a $800,000 settlement in relation to Castile’s death, Tom McBroom, the current mayor of Elysian said on Twitter that she would spend the money on “crack cocaine.” 

In the since-deleted tweet, McBroom wrote: “She needs to come off County and State Aid now that she has some cash. It’ll be gone in 6 months on crack cocaine.”

In a copy of the lawsuit obtained by the newspaper, Reynolds’s legal team reportedly argued that McBroom’s comment was racially motivated.

“The Defendant was alleging that Plaintiff is an abuser of serious drugs, has an addiction that causes her financial stress, and is someone who bases her entire existence in terms of her costs of daily living on support from municipalities and other state of Minnesota entities,” the suit reportedly says.

“The conduct of the Defendant delineated herein was intentional and constitutes intentional inflection of emotional distress …,” the suit states, adding that Reynold has never used cocaine.

According to The Star Tribune, McBroom was a sheriff’s sergeant for Rice County and a member of his town’s city council at the time of his sending the tweet. He was reportedly demoted from his post on the police force shortly after.

He later became mayor of Elysian, which has a population of a little over 700 people, last year.

Castile, who was a black school nutrition supervisor, was shot five times by a St. Anthony, Minn., police officer during a traffic stop in an incident that quickly went viral.

The officer, Jeronimo Yanez, was later charged with manslaughter in the shooting death. However, he was found not guilty of the charge by a jury in June 2017.

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