The family of George Floyd will be accepting a $27m settlement from the Minneapolis City Council. His family is still morning the incident where George Floyd, an unarmed Black man died in the custody of Minneapolis police last May. The settlement is the largest in Us history and an additional $500,000 will go to funding community programs near the intersection where he died.
“If I could get him back, I would give all of this back. I know that he’s with us, standing up right now, knowing we have the opportunity to be able to fund low-income African American communities,” George Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd said at a press conference on Friday about the settlement.
Philonise Floyd also gave thanks to the millions of protesters who marched and stood with the Floyd family after his death. He appreciated how everyone came together even amid the pandemic. He said, “you put your lives on the line. There’s nothing I can do to be able to repay you for that because you showed who you were at that time.”
George Floyd family’s civil rights attorney, Ben Crump said the settlement was a huge turning point for them.
“It’s not just enough for America to say that Black lives matter. We have to show that Black lives matter by our actions,” Crump said. “So the family of George Floyd and his legal team, we and are very grateful for not just saying you care about George Floyd, but showing you care, not just saying Black lives matter, but showing to the world that Black lives matter.”
Back in July, the family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city while also accusing the officers of “unjustified, excessive, and illegal and deadly use of force.” They emphasized it to be “ financially prohibitive ” for officers to “kill marginalized people and Black people in the future in America”.
Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey stated the settlement as a “perfect reflection of the city’s commitment to advancing racial justice.”
During the press conference, Frey said, “A centuries-in-the-making reckoning around racial justice struck Minneapolis like a thunderbolt, and that strike reverberated across the entire globe as we all stood and watched as George Floyd was killed.” He continued, “amid unprecedented loss, amid unprecedented pain, we now have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to truly effectuate change.”
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