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Ex-law officer apologizes to Castile girlfriend over tweet

July 16, 2020 GMT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minnesota law officer has apologized to the girlfriend of Philando Castile over a tweet he sent in 2017 suggesting she would spend her settlement money on crack cocaine.

Attorneys on Thursday announced Diamond Reynolds has settled her defamation lawsuit against former Rice County sheriff’s deputy Tom McBroom. Reynolds livestreamed the aftermath of Castile’s fatal shooting by a police officer in 2016.

She received an $800,000 settlement in November 2017 in the shooting. McBroom tweeted that Reynolds’ settlement would be “gone in 6 months on crack cocaine.” She contended the tweet was defamatory, false and racially motivated. Reynolds is Black while McBroom is white.

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Terms of the settlement were not released, other than McBroom apologized to Reynolds, the Star Tribune reported.

“My comments were hurtful towards someone I did not know and should never have been written. I hope one day you will forgive me for those ignorant words,” McBroom said in his apology to Reynolds.

McBroom is now mayor of Elysian in southern Minnesota. He was a City Council member when he sent the tweet.