The murder of George Floyd shocked the world and their family has now been given the largest pre-trial settlement for a wrongful death ever.
Footage of the murder of George Floyd horrified people across the world. As Floyd told the police officer, Derek Chauvin, that he couldn’t breathe the officer continued to kneel on his throat. Floyd died after Chauvin keeled on his throat for eight minutes, in response to a possibly fraudulent cheque.
The incident was captured on video and inspired global protests by the Black Lives Matter Movement about racism and the discrimination displayed by the police.
One month after the murder of George Floyd, his family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Minneapolis City Council.
An out of court settlement has now seen the family receive $27 million (£19,385,865) from the city council.
Interestingly, The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to approve the pre-trial settlement which is the largest in the state’s history.
The family of Floyd have already pledged $500,000 (£358,997) to help improve the facilities and life of the community in George Floyd’s former area of residence.
The Floyd family’s lead attorney Ben Crump discussed the importance of this case and result, ‘That the largest pre-trial settlement in a wrongful death case ever would be for the life of a Black man sends a powerful message that Black lives do matter and police brutality against people of colour must end.’
Council President Lisa Bender noted the condolences of the council for the events of last year, ‘I hope that today will centre the voices of the family and anything that they would like to share.
‘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.’
While many will be released that the family of Floyd is being financially compensated, there have also been concerns about the sentencing of the police officers who participated in his death. Thomas Lane, J Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao have been fired from the police force and face aiding and abetting charges in August.
Chauvin, on the other hand, will be facing a third-degree murder charge that could carry a forty-year prison sentence and the hearing is set to begin on 29 March. Currently, six jurors have been selected with a further six and substitutes yet to be found.
Finding a suitable jury is difficult in this case because of the strong reaction many have had to the appalling video.
The judge in the case recently reinstated the third-degree murder charge after the lawyers of Chauvin had campaigned for second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.
Despite the video evidence, Chauvin is currently pleading not guilty to the charges that they face.
Many will hope that George Floyd gets justice.