- The family believes that Floyd died as a result of police unprofessionalism, as well as a culture of racism in the police force and discrimination against black citizens.
- "We seek to set a precedent that makes it financially prohibitive for police to wrongfully kill marginalized people — especially Black people — in the future."
- Mayor Jacob Frey, did not want to comment on the lawsuit while prosecutor Erik Nilsson calls George Floyd’s death “a tragedy.”
The family of George Floyd has taken a new step towards the police and the local city government after he was killed when police officer Derek Chauvin squeezed his knee against his neck. A civil lawsuit by the Floyd family targets both the Minneapolis City Council and the four officers charged in the case.
The family believes that Floyd died as a result of police unprofessionalism, as well as a culture of racism in the police force and discrimination against black citizens. “This complaint shows what we have said all along, that Mr. Floyd died because the weight of the entire Minneapolis Police Department was on his neck,” said the family’s lawyer, Ben Crump while addressing a press conference.
“This is an unprecedented case, and with this lawsuit, we seek to set a precedent that makes it financially prohibitive for police to wrongfully kill marginalized people — especially Black people — in the future,” Crump said. “The City of Minneapolis has a history of policies, procedures, and deliberate indifference that violates the rights of arrestees, particularly Black men, and highlights the need for officer training and discipline.”
The city’s mayor, Jacob Frey, did not want to comment on the lawsuit while prosecutor Erik Nilsson calls George Floyd’s death “a tragedy.” The four accused officers have since lost their jobs with the Minneapolis Police Department.
Twenty-seven times, Floyd shouted that he could not breathe as police officer Derek Chauvin sat with his knee on Floyd’s neck. Several times, Floyd also expressed that he could not understand why the police were so violent towards him, it appears from a transcript of the video of his arrest.
George Floyd’s death created anger and debate about racism and police violence in the United States, which also led to mass demonstrations during the “Black Lives Matter” movement in many parts of the world. Many world leaders also came out and condemned Floyd’s cruel murder.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned racism and called for efforts to end inequality and discrimination in the world.
“Racism is an abhorrence that we must all reject… Addressing inequality & discrimination, strengthening support for the most vulnerable, and providing opportunities for everyone,” he tweeted.
Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo, was one of the many African leaders who condemned the murder of George Floyd, the African-American. “Black people, the world over, are shocked and distraught by the killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, by a white police officer in the United States of America. It carried with it an all too painful familiarity, and an ugly reminder,” he said.
“It cannot be right that, in the 21st century, the United States, this great bastion of democracy, continues to grapple with the problem of systemic racism,” he said on social media on June 1. Floyd’s face was posted on a black background. “We hope that the unfortunate, tragic death of George Floyd will inspire a lasting change in how America confronts head-on the problems of hate and racism,” added the Ghanaian President.