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George Floyd Death: Family sues Minneapolis, demands monetary damages
George Floyd’s family has sued Minneapolis and four police officers over the heinous murder of their son.
While announcing the legal move on Wednesday July 15, 2020, the family alleged that the police violated their own rules and U.S. Justice Department warnings by kneeling on the neck of the handcuffed a Black man for nearly nine minutes.
The Civil rights attorney, Ben Crump, who filed the suit, demanded monetary damages on behalf of Floyd’s children and siblings with the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, calling the case.
Crump insists that it was the knee of the entire Minneapolis Police Department on the neck of George Floyd that killed him.
He added that the city of Minneapolis has a history of policies and procedures and deliberate indifference when “it comes the treatment of arrestees, especially Black men.”
Floyd, 46, whose May 25 arrest was captured on video, pleaded for his life and said he could not breathe as a white officer knelt on his neck while other officers held him down or kept disturbed witnesses from intervening.
His death triggered nationwide street protests against police brutality and renewed the American debate about racism in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and months away from the Nov. 3 presidential election.