The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to approve a pre-trial settlement with the family of a 46-year-old man whose murder by one of his police officers was caught on camera and outraged the nation, sparking protests across the world.
The $ 27 million award for George Floyd’s family comes as jury selection continues for the murder trial of Officer Derek Chauvin.
Attorney Ben Crump, who represented the family, who filed a lawsuit last June, announced that $ 500,000 from the settlement will go to help neighborhood businesses around 38th and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, where George was killed, and to attend the monument that arose there.
“This landmark settlement, the largest pretrial settlement in a civil rights wrongful death case in American history, declares that George Floyd’s life mattered and, by extension, that black lives mattered.” Crump said.
George’s sister, Bridgett Floyd, said: “Although our hearts are broken, we are comforted to know that even in death, George Floyd showed the world how to live.”
The family’s lawyer argued that the city had been negligent by failing to adequately train the police and fire officers like Chauvin, who had already filed dozens of complaints against him during his 19-year tenure.
The other three officers who were on the scene with Chauvin in May 2020 will stand trial later this year on charges of aiding and inciting the reckless police officer in Floyd’s death.
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