The City has reached a settlement in the civil lawsuit filed by George Floyd’s family against the City of Minneapolis. The City Council voted today to approve the settlement in an action that will be signed by Mayor Frey. The $27 million settlement includes a $500,000 contribution from the George Floyd family to the community at 38th and Chicago.
The killing of George Floyd in police custody on May 25, 2020 has forever transformed Minneapolis and sparked a racial reckoning around the world. The settlement in this civil lawsuit is independent and separate from the criminal trial underway. Jury selection for the trial of former MPD officer Derek Chauvin started March 8. The other former officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are scheduled to go to trial on Aug. 23.
“I cannot begin to thank the Floyd family enough for their strength and courage to use their voices to push us all to do better in our collective work in honoring their brother, father, and son. Amid unprecedented loss and pain, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity before us to effectuate change that has eluded policymakers, advocates, and community calls for far, far too long,” said Mayor Jacob Frey. “We need to be unrelenting and unapologetic in our pursuit of a more equitable local government and more just approach to community safety and policing. And we will be.”
“On behalf of the entire City Council, I want to offer my deepest condolences to the family of George Floyd,” said City Council President Lisa Bender. “No amount of money can ever address the intense pain and trauma caused by his death to George Floyd’s family and to the people of our city. Minneapolis has been fundamentally changed by this time of racial reckoning. The Minneapolis City Council is united in working together with our community and the Floyd family to equitably reshape Minneapolis.”
City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins expressed appreciation for the Floyd family’s gift to the 38th & Chicago community.
“The settlement agreement the City Council approved today includes a $500,000 contribution from the Floyd family to our 38th and Chicago community,” Jenkins said. “As the trial of Derek Chauvin progresses, I want to call for peace and for calm in our streets. Regardless of the outcome of the trial now underway, the City, the Council, the Mayor, department staff – we are all committed to seeking justice in all forms. We cannot control the actions of the past. But we do have control over our actions in the days, weeks and years to come and how we move forward together, to begin the healing process. Transformational healing. Today is where this begins. And the Floyd family has shown us the way.”