The family of the late George Floyd are due to receive a $27 million settlement from the Minneapolis City Council.
The amount is reportedly being paid to settle a civil lawsuit over Floyd’s killing by a police officer, Michael Derek Chauvin.
According to reports gathered by African Entertainment, the settlement includes $500,000 for the neighbourhood where Mr Floyd was arrested.
His family had filed the federal civil rights lawsuit against the city following his death in 2020.
There was also suits against white police officer Derek Chauvin and three others that were fired and criminally charged over his death.
The civil dispute is separate from the ongoing criminal trial, where Chauvin is charged with third and second degree murder as well manslaughter, reports say.
It would be recalled that Mr Chauvin, pressed his knee into the back of Mr Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes, prompting cries of “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe”.
Floyd’s death sparked the Black Lives Matter movement across the world.
One of the former police officers charged with the alleged murder of George Floyd, Thomas Lane, was released from custody after posting a $750,000 bail, according to local media reports in the US.
Reports say Lane’s family was seeking donations via a website they set up to raise money for his legal defense after he and two other ex-cops were arrested and charged with aiding and abetting 2nd-degree murder, and aiding and abetting 2nd-degree manslaughter.
If convicted, Lane faces a maximum sentence of up to 40 years in prison.
His lawyer had previously stated that he did everything he could to help George Floyd.
Floyd was allegedly killed by a former white police officer Derek Michael Chauvin on May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis, US.
Lane is believed to have suggested rolling Floyd on his side but his family and prosecutors say Derek Chauvin refused to do.
However, Lane was allegedly involved in pinning down Floyd — he was the one on his legs. And like his fellow officers, did nothing to remove Chauvin’s knee from Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
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