The police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile in Minnesota during a traffic stop in July is back on the job.
Officer Jeronimo Yanez has reportedly been given an administrative position on the force. He goes back to work just over one month after Castile’s killing, which was recorded and broadcast by Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, on Facebook Live.
Castile and Reynolds were stopped by the police, while their 4-year-old daughter was in the back seat, over a broken taillight July 6. When Yanez and another officer approached the vehicle, Castile told them that he was armed and had a permit to carry a weapon. As Castile was getting his ID, Yanez fatally shot him.
City officials in St. Anthony, Minn. confirmed Yanez’s return in a statement and said that he is “on a limited, office-duty schedule.” He will remain in the role until a decision related to the investigation of the case has been made.
“The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has not completed its investigation into the incident,” the statement said. “When that is complete, we will review the information and respond accordingly. The decision to allow officer Yanez to return to limited duty was made after reviewing how other departments and agencies have handled comparable, difficult situations.”
The officer’s return brought out protesters who believe Yanez should be fired. Demonstrators gathered outside of the St. Anthony Police Department with signs that read “Good Cops Don’t Kill Good People,” “Black Lives Matter” and “Why Are We Paying Murderers?”
“He should not have the opportunity to wear that uniform while this case is going on because my nephew doesn’t get the opportunity to come back and live right now,” Castile’s uncle, Clarence Castile, said to the media. “So he shouldn’t get the opportunity to be a police officer right now.”
Meanwhile, the high school Castile graduated from announced the creation of a scholarship fund in his name. Alumni from St. Paul Central High School raised $35,000 for the scholarship at a fundraiser event.
The scholarship will go to a student who has plans to pursue a career in education or child development, according to reports.
“We all had a lot of rage and anger and grief, and we decided to channel that,” Karla Basta, an organizer from Castile’s graduating class, said in one interview. “Central is a really loyal school, and this was all done by Central alumni.”