George Floyd’s household to announce lawsuit in opposition to Minneapolis


Minneapolis, July 15

Attorneys for George Floyd’s household plan to announce a lawsuit Wednesday in opposition to town of Minneapolis and the law enforcement officials who’re charged in his demise.

Attorney Ben Crump deliberate a late-morning information convention in Minneapolis to element the lawsuit.

Floyd, a Black man who was handcuffed, died May 25 after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, pressed his knee in opposition to Floyd’s neck for almost eight minutes as Floyd mentioned he couldn’t breathe.

Chauvin is charged with second-degree homicide, third-degree homicide and manslaughter. Three different officers on the scene—Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Kueng—are charged with aiding and abetting each second-degree homicide and manslaughter.

All 4 officers had been fired the day after Floyd’s demise, which set off protests that unfold all over the world and was a nationwide looking on race in America.

Floyd’s demise additionally sparked calls to abolish the Minneapolis Police Department and substitute it with a brand new public security division. A majority of City Council members assist the transfer, saying the division has a protracted historical past and tradition of brutality that has resisted change.

A public listening to was deliberate afterward Wednesday on the proposal, which requires a change within the metropolis’s constitution that would go to voters in November.

The lawsuit comes on the identical day {that a} courtroom allowed public viewing by appointment of video from the physique cameras of Lane and Kueng.

A coalition of stories organisations and attorneys for Lane and Kueng have been advocating to make the movies public, saying they would supply a extra full image of what occurred when Floyd was taken into custody. The decide hasn’t mentioned why he’s not permitting the video to be disseminated extra extensively.

According to paperwork in state probate courtroom, Floyd is survived by 11 recognized heirs, together with 5 kids and 6 siblings. They stay in Texas, North Carolina, Florida and New York. All however certainly one of Floyd’s kids are adults. He has no residing mother and father or grandparents.

The households of victims of different high-profile police shootings have obtained excessive payouts in Minnesota. Last 12 months, Minneapolis agreed to pay $20 million to the household of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, an unarmed lady who was shot by an officer after she referred to as 911 to report listening to a doable crime taking place behind her residence.

The settlement got here three days after the officer, Mohamed Noor, was convicted of murdering her and is believed to be the most important payout ever stemming from police violence in Minnesota.

At the time, Mayor Jacob Frey cited Noor’s unprecedented conviction and his failure to establish a menace earlier than he used lethal power as causes for the massive settlement.

The mom of Philando Castile, a black motorist killed by an officer in 2016, reached an almost $three million settlement of a wrongful demise lawsuit with the suburb of St. Anthony, which employed the officer. The officer, Jeronimo Yanez, was acquitted of manslaughter and different fees. — AP



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