George Floyd’s Settlement

Yulissa Ocampo

The city of Minneapolis has reached a $27 million settlement with the family of George Floyd, a man whose murder in police custody last May sparked a wave of protests across the country. The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously on Friday to approve the settlement, which stems from a federal civil rights lawsuit filed in July against the city and four former police officers. “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 in our community who are mourning his loss” Minneapolis City Council President said at Friday’s council meeting. “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.”

Lawyers representing Floyd’s family had argued that local officials, “with deliberate indifference,” failed to correct the police department’s dangerous arrest practices or train officers properly in the use of force. The law also alleged that the four former officers who participated in Floyd’s fatal arrest on May 25, Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, violated Floyd’s Fourth Amendment rights with the “excessive use of unjustified, excessive, illegal and deadly force.” All four have since been fired from the police department and are facing criminal charges.