Minneapolis To Pay George Floyd's Family $27 Million In Wrongful Death Suit Settlement

Written by on March 12, 2021

Town of Minneapolis pays $27 million to the household of George Floyd, a Black man killed by police there final Could, as a part of a settlement in a wrongful demise lawsuit.

Officers on the Minneapolis Metropolis Council unanimously authorised the settlement on Friday, within the federal swimsuit filed by Floyd’s household final July towards the town and the 4 officers concerned in Floyd’s demise.

That is the biggest pretrial settlement in a civil rights wrongful demise swimsuit within the nation’s historical past, in response to Floyd household lawyer Ben Crump. Half one million {dollars} will probably be directed to group enchancment efforts across the location the place Floyd was killed at 38th St. and Chicago Ave. 

“George Floyd’s horrific demise, witnessed by tens of millions of individuals all over the world, unleashed a deep longing and plain demand for justice and alter,” Crump mentioned in an announcement, including that the settlement “sends a strong message that Black lives do matter and police brutality towards individuals of colour should finish.”

The settlement announcement comes as jury choice has begun within the felony trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who has been charged with second-degree homicide and manslaughter and third-degree homicide.

Floyd’s demise spurred months of protests throughout the nation and the world towards racist police violence.

Video of the incident confirmed Floyd pinned face-down by Chauvin, who kneeled on Floyd’s neck for almost 9 minutes as he pleaded, “I can’t breathe.” 

“Our household is grateful for all those that care so deeply about George’s life and our loss, and this settlement is a essential step for all of us to start to get some closure,” Rodney Floyd, George’s brother, mentioned in an announcement, including that he hopes the settlement “makes issues somewhat higher in Minneapolis and holds up a light-weight for communities across the nation.”

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