March 13, 2021

Minneapolis Reaches $27M Settlement With George Floyd’s Family

Minneapolis Reaches $27M Settlement With George Floyd’s Family

The City of Minneapolis has agreed to pay $27 million to settle a civil lawsuit with George Floyd’s family.

Reportedly, the City Council unanimously approved the settlement Friday after meeting in private. It includes a $500,000 donation to the community around the intersection of 38th and Chicago Avenue which is now known as George Floyd Square.

Last May 25th, a bystander recorded a video of police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeling on Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes which led to his untimely and unjust passing.

“I hope that today will center the voices of the family and anything that they would like to share,” Council President Lisa Bender said. “But I do want to, on behalf of the entire City Council, offer my deepest condolences to the family of George Floyd, his friends and all of our community who are mourning his loss.”

Benjamin Crump, one of the attorneys representing the Floyd family  said, “It’s going to be a long journey to justice. This is but one step on the journey to justice,” Crump said. “This makes a statement that George Floyd deserved better than what we witnessed on May 25, 2020, that George Floyd’s life matters, and that by extension, Black lives matter.”

May he continue to rest peacefully.