The Minneapolis City Council has finalized a $27 settlement with the family of George Floyd. The settlement was approved with a unanimous vote during a closed session for the Minneapolis City Council on Friday.
Floyd's family had originally filed a lawsuit with the city in July. The family found issues with the Minneapolis Police Department's training practices, internal policies and much more. The family also sought compensatory and special damages.
"The city needs to exhibit responsible leadership in the face of the horrific tragedy that really was a watershed moment for America," attorney Ben Crump said prior to Friday's vote.
The settlement comes just weeks before opening arguments are set to be made in the trial of Derek Chauvin. Last Chauvin and three other officers were recorded pressing their knees against George Floyd's body as he cried out for help. Chauvin is currently facing second-degree murder and manslaughter charges. Most recently, Judge Peter Cahill ruled that a third-degree manslaughter charge could also be added to Chauvin's case.
Meanwhile, former police officers Alexander Kueng, Thomas K. Lane and Tou Thao await trial later this year. The three officers face charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Chauvin, Kueng, Lane and Thao have all plead not guilty to the crimes they have been charged with.
The Floyd family has not yet issued a statement regarding the most recent development. Attorney Ben Crump and the other officers representing George Floyd are expected to hold a press conference later today.
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