The Minneapolis Municipal Administration has agreed to pay $ 27 million (about Rs 196 crore) to the Floyd family to settle a civil lawsuit filed by the family in the case of the death of a black man in police custody, George Floyd.
The agreement comes at a time when the process of election of a jury to hear the case against a police officer accused of murder is underway.
The council members met the family privately to discuss the agreement and then held a public meeting to seal the payment of this hefty amount. This amount is more than the $ 20 million paid in the case of the murder of a white woman by the police two years ago.
The Floyd family’s lawyer, Ben Crump, called it the biggest settlement in a civil lawsuit and thanked city leaders for showing sensitivity to George Floyd. “The journey to justice is going to be long,” said Crump. This is the first step in the journey of justice. This agreement states that George Floyd deserved better than that which occurred on 25 May 2020 (assassination). ”
It is notable that after the murder of Floyd, there were demonstrations in the name of ‘George Floyd’s life matters’ and ‘Black lives matter’. Floyd’s brother Filonois Floyd said, “I do not have a brother but he is in my heart.” If he gets it back to me, I will return it (the amount). ”