The City of Minneapolis will pay George Floyd’s next of kin $27 million as part of an amicable settlement. The black man died on May 25 last year after a police officer pressed his knee into his neck for nearly nine minutes.
The city council unanimously approved the settlement in a lawsuit filed by the next of kin.
Black Floyd was arrested on May 25 for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 note. He was crushed to the ground by several officers but died when white officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for a long time.
Images of his death went around the world in no time, sparking months of Black Lives Matter protests against racism, police brutality and discrimination in the US.
Jacob Frey, the mayor of Minneapolis, will give a press conference later in the day.
Earlier this week, the trial of Derek Chauvin (44) started. He is charged with murder and manslaughter. The verdict is expected at the end of April. The trial of three other agents, suspected of complicity, will begin on August 23.