The Minneapolis City Council approved Friday a $27 million civil settlement with the family of George Floyd. The city council voted 13-0 to approve the settlement. The settlement directs $500,000 to benefit the George Floyd Memorial site at 38th and Chicago.
Officer Derek Chauvin
Mayor Jacob Frey said Floyd’s death caused a “century-in-the-making reckoning around racial justice that struck Minneapolis like a thunderbolt.” Frey said the settlement reflected a commitment to advance racial justice. He thanked Floyd’s family for partnering with the city in reform measures.
Floyd’s family said they are grateful for the settlement. However, no amount of money could heal the pain of his loss.
“Even though my brother is not here, he’s here with me in my heart,” said Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd. “Because if I could get him back, I would give all of this back.”
Floyd said his brother started a movement and thanked supporters, especially those who took to the streets to protest amid a pandemic.
This is a historic settlement, said attorney Ben Crump. Also, yesterday marked one year since the fatal police shooting ofin Louisville during a botched police raid.