Floyd Family Sues City, Police Officers

  • 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.

George Floyd was an unarmed African-American man who died on May 25, 2020, after white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for over seven minutes while other officers helped restrain Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota United States. Floyd’s death has been compared to the 2014 death of Eric Garner, who repeated “I can’t breathe” while being suffocated by arresting officers.

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.

Minneapolis is the largest city in the U.S. state of Minnesota and the principal city of the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Minneapolis and its neighbor Saint Paul make up the Twin Cities, with Minneapolis being the larger of the two.

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.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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