The death lawsuit filed against Minneapolis City Council by Floyd’s family was settled with a huge sum on Friday after unanimous agreement by the city’s councillors. Announcing the payout, a spokesman for Floyd’s family said $500,000 would be set aside to help improve the late security guard’s old community.
The lawsuit was filed last July, and accused Minneapolis Police Department of using ‘unjustified, excessive and illegal’ force while arresting Floyd shortly before his death. Floyd, 46, died in the Minnesota city last May after policeman Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for eight minutes 46 seconds.
Jury selection for Chauvin’s murder trial is currently underway, with prosecutors set to open the case next week. He denies second and third-degree murder.