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George Floyd case: Minneapolis to pay US$27M to settle family lawsuit

The City Council unanimously approved the damages on Friday to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed last July The City Council unanimously approved the damages on Friday to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed last July. Credit EPA
Kristine Garrett | 13 March, 2021, 03:43

The family of George Floyd has reached a $27 million settlement with the city of Minneapolis in a civil lawsuit over his death in police custody last May.

Attorney L. Chris Stewart said the family still awaits justice in criminal courts, however the settlement "provides a path forward for our clients and ensures that George Floyd's death will result in substantive, positive change".

George Floyd was pronounced dead on May 25 previous year after Derek Chauvin, a former officer who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd's neck for about nine minutes.

Floyd's death sparked protests in Minneapolis and elsewhere around the world, including in Ireland.

The other three officers are due to go on trial later this year on charges of aiding and abetting Mr Chauvin in Mr Floyd's death, which was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner. The suit claimed that police used excessive force against Floyd in violation of his constitutional rights.

Floyd's brother, Rodney Floyd, said the agreement was a "necessary step" for the family to get some closure. "This makes a statement that George Floyd deserved better than what we witnessed on May 25, 2020, that George Floyd's life mattered, and that by extension, Black lives matter".

"I hope that today will center the voices of the family and anything that they would like to share", Council President Lisa Bender said. In 2019, the Minneapolis Police Department paid $20 million to the family of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, who was killed by former Minneapolis police Officer Mohamed Noor.

Bridgett Floyd, sister of George Floyd speaks to the media outside the Hennepin County Government Center where jury selection is taking place in the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin

Floyd was declared dead on May 25 after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against his neck for about nine minutes.

"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 colour must end", Mr Crump said.

Crump said the settlement would not have been possible without the "extraordinary, progressive and deeply moral" city council and the mayor.

Chauvin is facing charges of second-degree unintentional murder, second-degree manslaughter, and third-degree murder. Twelve jurors and two alternates will hear the case.

Six members of the jury have been impaneled so far - three White men, a Hispanic man, a multiracial woman and a Black man - in a pace that has been faster than expected.

Opening arguments in the case are scheduled to begin March 29.

Meanwhile, Cahill allowed prosecutors to reinstate a third-degree murder charge against Chauvin - something legal observers say will give the jury more options as it considers the former officer's culpability in Floyd's death. Chauvin, 44, also has been charged with second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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