City of Minneapolis to pay family of George Floyd $27 million

by Peter Heck · Mar 13th, 2021 9:32 am
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Last Updated Mar 14th, 2021 at 4:55 pm

In a payout that Ben Crump, attorney for the family of George Floyd, calls "historic," the Minneapolis City Council has agreed to a legal settlement of $27 million with the Floyd estate.

"Mr. Floyd died because the weight of the entire Minneapolis Police Department was on his neck," Crump said before thanking city leaders whom he deemed, "progressive and deeply moral."

The city council voted 13-0 to approve the payment, directing $500,000 of it be utilized to enhance the downtown Minneapolis George Floyd Memorial site.

The Floyd family, including George's brother Philonise, said that while they are grateful for the money, they would exchange it all to have their loved one back. Still, they say they are hopeful that the eye-popping settlement sends a message that unjust killing of black citizens will no longer be considered trivial.

"The family of George Floyd and our legal team are very grateful to Mayor Frey and the city council for not just saying you care about George Floyd, but showing that you care about George Floyd — not just saying that black lives matter, but showing the world that black lives matter," Crump added.


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