BREAKING: City of Minneapolis Reaches Settlement with Family of George Floyd
The family of George Floyd reached a financial settlement with the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota on Friday nearly ten months after Floyd was murdered by now-former police officer Derek Chauvin.
The $27 million settlement – the largest in Minnesota history – was unanimously approved by the Minneapolis City Council in a 13-0 vote.
“The settlement includes $500,000 to be spent on community efforts near the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, which has become known as George Floyd Square,” FOX 9 reported.
“The civil lawsuit in the death of George Floyd made note of other cases of excessive force involving the Minneapolis Police Department, including the deaths of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, Jamar Clark, and Terrance Franklin. In 2019, Justine Ruszcyk Damond’s family settled a civil lawsuit with the City of Minneapolis for $20 million, making it the largest police misconduct payout in Minnesota history,” noted the local news outlet.
Chauvin, who kneeled on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes resulting in his death, was flanked by fellow officers Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane. All four men were fired on May 26, 2020, the day after the incident.
Chauvin faces a third-degree murder charge that was reinstated by a judge earlier this week. Chauvin has also been charged with second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter.
“I can’t breathe,” the final words uddered by Floyd as he was choked by Chauvin, became an international rallying cry against the epidemic of police brutality against people of color that continues to plague the United States.