I would like to see George Floyd’s family hold the politicians and the cops over a barrel.
Minneapolis may have agreed to pay a settlement to Floyd’s family, but that’s not good enough. Convictions and life sentences are in order, not payoffs and pardons. Cops who commit crimes should get stiffer sentences because they violated their trust to uphold the law. Cops who break the law are the worst criminals.
I doubt Floyd’s family would be as ruthless as I am, but I would love to hear them tell the politicians and the cops:
“If Derek Chauvin pleads guilty to first degree murder and gets life without parole, we’ll return $2 million.”
And while we’re at it, make the cops’ union pay the $27 million. Don’t force taxpayers to foot the bill for this.
The city of Minneapolis agreed to pay $27 million to George Floyd’s family to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed last July.
In the civil lawsuit, Floyd’s family alleged that former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin and the three other officers involved in Floyd’s death violated his constitutional rights by using “unjustified, excessive, and illegal, and deadly use of force.”
The lawsuit also accused the Minneapolis Police Department and the city of acting with “deliberate indifference” in condoning unconstitutional police practices, which were the “moving force behind George’s death.”
The Minneapolis City Council unanimously voted to approve the settlement during a meeting Friday, five days into jury selection in the ongoing criminal trial for Chauvin, who is charged with second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter, and third-degree murder for Floyd’s killing last May.