George Floyd Family Reaches $27 Million Settlement With City Of Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minneapolis City Council unan­i­mous­ly approved a $27 mil­lion set­tle­ment with the fam­i­ly of George Floyd, whose death in police cus­tody last year sparked a sum­mer of unrest and a racial reck­on­ing over law enforce­men­t’s treat­ment of Black suspects.
The set­tle­ment stems from a fed­er­al civ­il rights law­suit filed by the fam­i­ly against the city and the four police offi­cers charged with var­i­ous counts of mur­der or aid­ing and abet­ting mur­der in the death of Mr. Floyd, who was under arrest for alleged­ly pass­ing a forged $20 bill

Benjamin Crump and oth­er attor­neys rep­re­sent­ing Floyd’s fam­i­ly mem­bers are sched­uled to hold a news con­fer­ence Friday after­noon. Asked whether he would make an announce­ment about a set­tle­ment, Crump said, “all things are possible.”

The city needs to exhib­it respon­si­ble lead­er­ship in the face of the hor­rif­ic tragedy that real­ly was a water­shed moment for America,” Crump said in an inter­view Friday

Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill, who is over­see­ing the tri­al, on Thursday grant­ed pros­e­cu­tors’ request to rein­state a third-degree mur­der charge. He had reject­ed the charge last fall on the grounds it was not war­rant­ed by the cir­cum­stances of Floyd’s death. But an appel­late court rul­ing last month in an unre­lat­ed case estab­lished new grounds.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals ordered Cahill to recon­sid­er whether to add the third-degree mur­der charge a week ago. Chauvin’s attor­ney, Eric Nelson, appealed that rul­ing, but the state Supreme Court said this week it would not intervene.

The three oth­er offi­cers involved — Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng — are charged with aid­ing and abet­ting both sec­ond-degree mur­der and manslaugh­ter. They are expect­ed to go to tri­al in August. All four offi­cers were fired the day after Floyd’s death.