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    12 George Floyd Protestors Will Receive $540K For Arrests


    12 George Floyd protestors who were arrested while downtown Cleveland following the murder of George Floyd in 2020 will receive a $540,000 settlement from the city, the Associated Press reports.

    According to the AP, some of the 12 suffered minor injuries. The injuries included beatings and being sprayed by pepper spray during protests on May 30, 2020. The protest was organized after Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police.

    As a result, the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin received conviction in April 2021 on the murder and manslaughter of Floyd. Widely due to the officer pressing his knee on his neck for more than nine minutes. He was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison.

    According to Civil rights attorney Sarah Gelsomino, the arrests during the protests were unnecessary. Claiming they were peaceful and caused no destruction or violence. But still landed people in jail. The 12 George Floyd protestors will split the money equally. Additionally, the city agreed to remove the charges from their records.

    Gelsomino said the city of Cleveland has consistently ignored First Amendment expression despite training and policies intended to educate officers.

    Police “were unprepared, they were untrained, they were unsupervised, and they didn’t like the message on May 30, and they acted out,” she said.

    A similar racial injustice protest in Columbus resulted in 32 people receiving $5.75 million in settlements.

    Attorneys for twelve protesters arrested after peacefully protesting in downtown Cleveland in 2020 following the murder of George Floyd will receive a $540,000 settlement from the city, the Associated Press reports.

    According to the AP, some of the 12 suffered minor injuries, including being hit with pepper spray during protests on May 30, 2020, which were organized after Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police.

    Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted in April 2021 of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death after pressing his knee on his neck for more than nine minutes. He was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison.

    Civil rights attorney Sarah Gelsomino, who filed lawsuits against the city of Cleveland with her partner Terry Gilbert, said Friday that the protesters will split the money equally, and the city has agreed to remove the charges from their records.

    Gelsomino said Cleveland has consistently ignored First Amendment expression despite training and policies intended to educate officers.

    Police “were unprepared, they were untrained, they were unsupervised, and they didn’t like the message on May 30, and they acted out,” she said.

    Gilbert told Cleveland.com that as a part of the settlement, in addition to assisting those charged expunge their criminal records, the city will also provide more training to officers to handle crowd control at future events.

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