Before the pandemic there was a moment in history again. I say again because we took so many steps back even after having a African American President, to bring awareness to, Black Lives. Even after, Dr Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Malcom X, Madam C.J Walker, Frederick Douglass, Phillis Wheatley. These great leaders fought so hard to give us the freedom we have today.
But all that’s questioned with one of the many Black lives taken from Police Officers.
May 25, 2020 George Floyd dies in police custody, Floyd was 46, and was arrested shortly after 8 p.m. after allegedly using a fake $20 bill at a local Cup Foods. A disturbing cellphone video later posted to Facebook shows an officer pinning Floyd to the ground with his knee on the back of Floyd’s neck while a handcuffed man repeats “I can’t breathe” and goes unconscious. He later dies at a hospital. This video sent awareness an protesting waves across America. After a long fight the city of Minneapolis has A verdict.
The city of Minneapolis will pay a record $27 million to the family of George Floyd to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit related to his death last year in police custody, a deal that could also have an impact on the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged in his killing.
“This historic agreement — the largest pretrial settlement in a police civil rights wrongful death case in U.S. history — makes a statement that George Floyd deserved better than what we witnessed on May 25, 2020,” attorney Ben Crump said at a news conference with members of Floyd’s family and city officials. “That George Floyd’s life matters, and by extension, Black lives matter.”
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D), standing with Floyd’s family and legal team during the news conference, said the city would go beyond the monetary settlement to implement major policy changes in the pursuit of racial justice.
“Our Black community has endured deep and compounding trauma over this last year, none perhaps more acutely than George Floyd’s family standing with me right now,” he said, adding: “Amid unprecedented pain, we now have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to truly effectuate change.”
Floyd’s family said that while they appreciated the city for agreeing to the settlement, the money could not make up for the loss of their loved one.
“If I could get him back, I will give all of this back,” said his brother, Philonise Floyd.
“Today is a huge step in the healing process,” Floyd’s nephew Brandon Williams said. “Hopefully it’s a healing in the way that policing is carried on.”
Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender offered her condolences to Floyd’s family after the vote.
“No amount of money can ever address the intense pain or trauma caused by this death to George Floyd’s family or to the people of our city,” she said. “Minneapolis has been fundamentally changed by this time of racial reckoning and this city council is united in working together with our community, and the Floyd family to equitably reshape our city of Minneapolis.”
Change Starts With Us All Coming Together.
Written by LaLa