Minneapolis to pay Floyd’s family $27m to settle lawsuit
Published: 10:16 AM, 13 March 2021 Updated: 12:12 PM, 13 March 2021
Minneapolis city authorities on Friday have agreed to pay $27 million to settle a lawsuit by the family of George Floyd over his death in United States police custody, Reuters confirmed the matter on Saturday.
Police in Minneapolis, the city of Minnesota, arrested George Floyd on May 25 last year on charges of using counterfeit notes, reported Reuters.
After the arrest, a police officer named Derek Chauvin handcuffed Floyd and lying face down on the street, he knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes.
Floyd’s dying pleas for help were captured on widely viewed video, sparking one of the largest protest movements ever seen in the United States.
Benjamin Krump, an attorney for Floyd’s family, said: “This is the largest pre-trial settlement of a wrongful death lawsuit in US history. The compensation sends a strong message that black lives are important and that police brutality against people must end.”
Floyd’s family was “pleased that this part of their tragic journey to justice for their brother George is resolved,” his sister Bridgett Floyd said in a statement.
“While after our hearts are broken, we are comfortable knowing that even in death, George Floyd showed the world how to live,” her statement said.
Meanwhile, the trial of the fired police officer for Floyd’s murder is underway in court. However, defendant Derek Chauvin pleaded not guilty and said he properly followed his police training.