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Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died in May as Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Floyd's dying pleas for help were captured on widely viewed bystander video, sparking one of the largest protest movements ever seen in the United States.
Crump said the agreement was the largest pre-trial settlement of a wrongful death lawsuit in U.S. history.
The size signifies that a Black person's death at the hands of police "will no longer be written off as trivial, unimportant or unworthy of consequences," Crump said at a news conference where he was joined by Floyd's relatives, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and other officials.
BEN CRUMP: The settlement is not just historic because of the $27 million paid out, but for the impact on social justice, policy reforms, and police reforms. Because the financial compensation most directly impact George Floyd and his family, the future of their family. But it is the policy reforms that affects all of us. It's going to be a long journey, a long journey to justice. This is but one step on the journey to justice.
George Floyd had more witnesses to his torture and death than any other person, Black or white, in American history. Over 50 million people have clicked to watch that video. And once you see that video, you can never unsee that video. We know, America, that we're more humane than this. And this historic agreement, the largest pretrial settlement in a police civil rights wrongful death case in US history, makes a statement that George Floyd deserved better than what we witnessed on May 25, 2020, that George Floyd's life matters and, by extension, Black Lives Matter.