The city of Minneapolis has agreed to pay the estate of George Floyd $27 million to settle the lawsuit brought by his family. An Attorney for Floyd’s family stated that this is the largest pre-trial settlement in a civil rights wrongful death lawsuit in United States history. The Floyd family originally filed its suit in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota against the city of Minneapolis and four police officers that were involved in George Floyd’s fatal arrest. The Floyd family alleged that the City Minneapolis and the four named police officers violated George Floyd’s constitutional rights.
The Minneapolis city council unanimously approved the settlement which included a $500,000 donation to an area of Minneapolis known as George Floyd Square, which is around the intersection of 38th and Chicago Avenue. This intersection is where George Floyd was declared dead on May 25, 2020 after Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on George Floyd’s neck for approximately 9 minutes.
Minneapolis has spent a total of $71 million in the past 15 years settling claims of misconduct or other lawsuits. The trial of Derek Chauvin, who was charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter, is set to begin next week.
Chelsea Lenard is an associate attorney at Grewal Law PLLC. Her practice focuses primarily on personal injury, cannabis law, family law, criminal law, and employment law.