The city of Minneapolis agreed to pay $27 million to George Floyd’s family to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed last July.
The Minneapolis City Council unanimously voted to approve the settlement during a meeting Friday amid the first week of jury selection in the ongoing criminal trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis cop accused of killing Floyd last May.
Some of the settlement agreement, $500,000 is to be used “for the benefit of the community” around 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, the site of Floyd’s death that has now become widely known as George Floyd Square.
“No amount of money can ever address the intense pain or trauma caused by his death to George Floyd’s family or to the people of our city,” City Council president Lisa Bender said after the vote. “Minneapolis has been fundamentally changed by this time of racial reckoning.”Attorneys for Floyd’s family said Friday that this was “the largest pre-trial settlement in a civil rights wrongful death case in U.S. history.”
“George Floyd’s horrific death, witnessed by millions of people around the world, unleashed a deep longing and undeniable demand for justice and change,” Benjamin Crump, one of the attorneys, said in a statement. “That the largest pre-trial settlement in a wrongful death case ever would be for the life of a Black man sends a powerful message that Black lives do matter and police brutality against people of color must end,” he said.
the agreement was a “necessary step” for the family to get some closure.George’s legacy for those who loved him will always be his spirit of optimism that things can get better, and we hope this agreement does just that – that it makes things a little better in Minneapolis and holds up a light for communities around the country,”Brother -Rodney Floyd
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