After a wrongful death lawsuit filed this past July, the city of Minneapolis has finally agreed to pay $27 million to the family of George Floyd. Current news in 2021 broke today that the family of Floyd alleged in this civil lawsuit that former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin, among three other officers involved in Floyd’s death, violated Floyd’s constitutional rights when they used “unjustified, excessive, and illegal, and deadly use of force.”
The civil lawsuit also noted that the Minneapolis Police Department acted in “deliberate indifference” when condoning police practices said to be unconstitutional, practices of which were behind the death of Floyd.
During a meeting this past Friday, the city council of Minneapolis voted unanimously to approve the family’s settlement. This approval came about only five days into Chauvin’s ongoing criminal trial, in which he is being charged for second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter, and third-degree murder.
The George Floyd Settlement
The family asked that $500,000 of the settlement is to be used for the community’s benefit. It will go to the area of Chicago Avenue and 38th Street, the site of Floyd’s death and an area that is now widely known as George Floyd Square.
After the vote, Lisa Bender, City Council President, noted that “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. Minneapolis has been fundamentally changed by this time of racial reckoning.”
The attorneys for the Floyd family said this past Friday that they were in the middle of the “largest pre-trial settlement in a civil rights wrongful death case in U.S. history.”
In one of the statements, Benjamin Crump, a Floyd family attorney, said that “George Floyd’s horrific death, witnessed by millions of people around the world, unleashed a deep longing and undeniable demand for justice and change. 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.”
Floyd’s Family Speaks Out
Rodney Floyd, George’s brother, noted that this agreement was a “necessary step” for his family to get the closure they were looking for.
In a recent statement, he said, “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.”
Bridgett Floyd, George’s sister and founder of the George Floyd Memorial Foundation, said, “While our hearts are broken, we are comforted in knowing that even in death h, George Floyd showed the world how to live.”
On Friday, Jacob Frey, Minneapolis Mayor, noted that the Floyd family settlement, “reflects a shared commitment to advancing racial justice.”
The Floyd family attorneys say that they are now waiting for justice in the criminal courts. Seven jurors have now been selected to stand in the criminal trial for Chauvin, which began on Monday.