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The city of Minneapolis has reached an agreement with George Floyd’s family that will pay off a record $ 27 million for the 46-year-old’s death during his arrest by police last May.
The city confirmed the deal ahead of a 1:00 p.m. news conference with city guides and members of the Floyd family that followed a closed-door meeting of the Minneapolis City Council to discuss and approve the payment.
The number announced on Friday surpasses the previous record $ 20 million payout to the family of Justine Damond, who was shot dead by a Minneapolis police officer in July 2017.
Of the $ 27 million paid to the Floyd family, $ 500,000 will be donated by the family to the 38th Ward and Chicago, the site of Floyd’s death now known as George Floyd Square.
The severance pay will be paid to Kaarin Nelson Schaffer, the trustee of the Floyd family.
The case against former officer charged with the murder of Floyd’s death, Derek Chauvin, is currently being judged by the jury.
He is said to have held Floyd with one knee behind his neck during an arrest following a report of counterfeiting. Three other officers who also detained him will be tried later this year for aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter.
The family lawyer, Benjamin Crump, said after the settlement: “The horrific death of George Floyd, witnessed by millions of people around the world, sparked a deep longing and an undeniable demand for justice and change.
“That the largest pre-trial settlement in a wrongful death case would ever be for a black’s life sends a strong message that black lives matter and that police brutality against people of color must end.”