Minneapolis City Council on Friday approved a $ 27 million civil settlement with George Floyd’s family over the death of the black man in police custody last year. City Council voted 13-0 to approve the settlement, which directs $ 500,000 to be used in favor of the George Floyd Memorial Site at 38 and Chicago.
“Mr. Floyd died because the weight of the entire Minneapolis Police Department was on his neck,” said lawyer Ben Crump, representing the family, when the lawsuit was filed.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said Floyd’s death triggered a “century-long process of reckoning about racial justice that struck Minneapolis like a thunderbolt” and reverberated across the world. Fry said the settlement reflected a commitment to promoting racial justice and thanked the Floyd family for partnering with the city in reform measures.
Speaking on Friday, the Floyd family said they were grateful for the settlement, but said that no amount of money could cure the pain of his loss.
“Even though my brother is not here, he is with me in my heart,” said Floyd’s brother, Philones Floyd. “Because if I can get it back, I’ll get it all back.”
Floyd said his brother started a movement and thanked his supporters, especially those who took to the streets to protest amid a pandemic.
“You’re putting your life on the line – there’s nothing I can do to pay you back because you have shown who you are,” said Felones Floyd.
Kramp described the settlement as “historic” and thanked the city leaders, who he described as “very progressive and moralistic.” Crump said the settlement sends a message that the unfair killing of blacks should not be written off as “trivial, insignificant, or unworthy of consequences.”
“The George Floyd family and our legal team are very grateful to Mayor Fry and City Council not only for saying you care about George Floyd, but for showing you care about George Floyd – not just saying black lives matter, but for showing the world that black lives matter,” Kramp said.
Kramp noted that Saturday marks a bleak memory – one year since the police shot meIn Louisville during a failed police raid. Kramp said that Floyd and Taylor “will be connected in history forever as two people taken from us by people who were supposed to protect and serve them.”
Kramp said the Floyd family is in contact with Taylor’s mother, Tameka Palmer.
Kramp also pleaded with the protesters to remain peaceful as Chauvin’s jury trial continued.
“I am delighted that this part of our tragic journey to bring justice to my brother George,” Bridget Floyd, Floyd’s sister, who was not present, said in a statement.
“Our family suffered an irreparable loss on May 25 when a Minneapolis police officer killed George’s life without meaning,” said Bridget Floyd. “While we will not bring back our beloved George, we will continue to work tirelessly to make this world a better and safer place for everyone.”
The lawsuit also said that the city allowed the spread of a culture of excessive force and racism within the police station. Speaking on Friday, attorneys representing members of the Floyd family said they are encouraged that the Minneapolis Police Department has subduedBut it will press for more change.
Attorney Antonio Romanucci said the family hopes to implement more reforms in the police department, including a committee to review all incidents of use of force, a quality assurance unit to ensure compliance with reforms, and an early intervention system that will rely on analyzes to identify problem officers. He said the settlement should be a “wake-up call” for police departments across the country to quickly adopt reforms to prevent unnecessary death and serious injuries.
“This case has been seen as a watershed event for civil rights in America and around the world,” Romanucci said. “I can tell you … that sounds like a turning point in police reform, but only because there have been conscious choices that have been made to do so.”