Just weeks before trial is scheduled to begin for Derek Chauvin, the former officer charged with the death of George Floyd, the city of Minneapolis has unanimously voted to approve a $27 million settlement to George Floyd’s estate.
“I hope that today will center the voices of the family and anything that they would like to share,” Council President Lisa Bender said. “But I do want to, on behalf of the entire City Council, offer my deepest condolences to the family of George Floyd, his friends and all of our community who are mourning his loss.”
News of the settlement comes as jury selection continues for the trial of Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who became infamous around the world after a video showing him kneeling on Floyd’s neck for over 8 minutes sparked worldwide protests and calls for justice.
Chauvin continued to kneel on Floyd’s neck even as the man moaned in agony, repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe” and calling out for his late mother.
In July, the Floyd family filed a federal lawsuit against the city and the four officers involved in the arrest that led to his death. The suit sought compensatory and special damages in an amount to be determined by a jury.
“On behalf of all of my family members, I am pleased that this part of our tragic journey to justice for my brother George is resolved,” George’s sister Bridgett Floyd said in a statement Friday.
Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter charges. He has also pleaded not guilty to third-degree murder, which was reinstated in the case on Thursday.
The three other officers involved in Floyd’s arrest — Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng — have been 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.