Minneapolis reaches $27m settlement with Floyd family - GulfToday

Minneapolis reaches $27m settlement with Floyd family


Family members of George Floyd visit a memorial at the site where Floyd died in Minneapolis, Minnesota. AFP

The family of George Floyd, the man of colour who died while being arrested by a white police officer in Minneapolis, has reached a $27 million settlement with the Minnesota city, lawyers for the family announced on Friday.


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Council members met privately to discuss the settlement, then returned to public session for a unanimous vote in support of the massive payout. It easily surpassed the $20 million the city approved two years ago to the family of a white woman killed by a police officer.

Floyd family attorney Ben Crump (left) asked all to clasp hands during a press conference in Minneapolis. AP

The settlement is the "largest pre-trial settlement in a civil rights wrongful death case in US history," the family lawyers said in a statement.

Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is currently on trial facing murder and manslaughter charges in connection with Floyd's May 25 death. Three other officers also face charges.

Agence France-Presse

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