The city of Minneapolis will be paying the family of George Floyd a $27 million settlement in a lawsuit over his death in police custody last May.
According to the family’s lead attorney, Ben Crump, $500,000 of the settlement will go towards rebuilding the 38th Street and Chicago Avenue business district where Floyd died.
“George Floyd’s horrific death, witnessed by millions of people around the world, unleashed a deep longing and undeniable demand for justice and change,” Crump said in a statement. “That the largest pre-trial settlement in a wrongful death case ever would be for the life of a Black man sends a powerful message that Black lives do matter and police brutality against people of color must end.”
Jury selection is still going on for the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
So far, five of the six jurors are men. Three of the jurors identify as white, one as multiracial, one as Hispanic, and one as Black, according Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill, who is presiding over the case. All are in their 20s or 30s, according to court records.
Chauvin’s attorneys have rejected at least three jurors who are Hispanic throughout the week. Prosecutors have since used Batson challenges, which claim that a potential juror was eliminated based on sex, race, ethnicity, or religion. The judge denied both challenges and denied there was any pattern of eliminating jurors based on race.