Family members of George Floyd visit a memorial at the site where Floyd died in Minneapolis, Minnesota. AFP
The family of George Floyd, the man of colour who died while being arrested by a white police officer in Minneapolis, has reached a $27 million settlement with the Minnesota city, lawyers for the family announced on Friday.
Council members met privately to discuss the settlement, then returned to public session for a unanimous vote in support of the massive payout. It easily surpassed the $20 million the city approved two years ago to the family of a white woman killed by a police officer.
Floyd family attorney Ben Crump (left) asked all to clasp hands during a press conference in Minneapolis. AP
The settlement is the "largest pre-trial settlement in a civil rights wrongful death case in US history," the family lawyers said in a statement.
Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is currently on trial facing murder and manslaughter charges in connection with Floyd's May 25 death. Three other officers also face charges.Agence France-Presse
The journey to this moment has been painful and so very difficult. Derek Chauvin’s killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis was a shocking and disturbing experience for so many people. On video, Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes as he took his last breaths.
Video footage emerged showing, George Floyd, 46, groaning "please, I can't breathe" and "don't kill me" as a white policeman kneels on his neck.
George Floyd's death sparked nationwide protests demanding a reckoning with institutional racism that have sometimes resulted in clashes with police, but many officers took a less aggressive stance over the weekend when demonstrations were overwhelmingly peaceful.
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