Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves the late George Floyd’s Family and a huge settlement.
The family of George Floyd will receive a settlement. The city of Minneapolis will pay $27 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit related to his death last year in police custody, a deal that could also have an impact on the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged in his killing.
The payout was approved on Friday in an unanimous vote by the Minneapolis City Council in a last minute addition to the agenda of the panel’s regular meeting. Floyd’s family and their legal team welcomed the settlement, saying the record amount was vindication for Floyd and the Black Americans who took to the nation’s streets demanding social justice in the aftermath of the 46 year old’s death after he was pinned beneath the knee of a White police officer.“This historic agreement the largest pretrial settlement in a police civil rights wrongful death case in U.S. history makes a statement that George Floyd deserved better than what we witnessed on May 25, 2020,” attorney Ben Crump said at a news conference with members of Floyd’s family and city officials. “That George Floyd’s life matters, and by extension, Black lives matter.”
Floyd’s family said that while they appreciated the city for agreeing to the settlement, the money could not make up for the loss of their loved one.“If I could get him back, I will give all of this back,” said his brother, Philonise Floyd.“Today is a huge step in the healing process,” Floyd’s nephew Brandon Williams said. “Hopefully it’s a healing in the way that policing is carried on.”
The Floyd family settlement includes $500,000 to benefit the area in Minneapolis near where Floyd died now widely known as George Floyd Square and to execute necessary documents to process the agreement.The city’s closed door session to discuss the lawsuit came shortly after council members voted overwhelmingly to move forward with a charter amendment to eliminate its police department and install a new department of public safety. Voters could ultimately decide on the measure this November.
Celebrating the settlement, lawyers representing Floyd’s family hailed the changes Minneapolis has pledged to make to its policing tactics. “The settlement is not just historic because of the $27 million paid out, but for the impact on social justice policy reforms and police reforms,” Crump said.
The settlement could have implications for the criminal trial of Chauvin, who is charged with second and third degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after holding his knee on Floyd’s neck on May 25. The incident, captured on video that went viral, led to months of nationwide protests.
Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender offered her condolences to Floyd’s family after the vote.“No amount of money can ever address the intense pain or trauma caused by this death to George Floyd’s family or to the people of our city,” she said. “Minneapolis has been fundamentally changed by this time of racial reckoning and this city council is united in working together with our community, and the Floyd family to equitably reshape our city of Minneapolis.”
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D), standing with Floyd’s family and legal team during the news conference, said the city would go beyond the monetary settlement to implement major policy changes in the pursuit of racial justice.“Our Black community has endured deep and compounding trauma over this last year, none perhaps more acutely than George Floyd’s family standing with me right now,” he said, adding: “Amid unprecedented pain, we now have a once in a generation opportunity to truly effectuate change.”