…via AOL news
[ Editor’s Note: It is not the City of Minneapolis that is paying out this money. It is all those that pay taxes in the city, making them indirect victims. These huge awards, way more than is needed to educate children and take care of wives and parents.
But that said, at a one third contingency fee, that would be $9 million for the family attorneys if they were hired with a contingency percentage. Cases like these are often a lotto winning, where they didn’t even have to buy a ticket.
I read recently about another case where $37 million was awarded, which brings up a discussion of will there ever be limits placed on personal injury cost, which pushed insurance coverage cost up on everybody else.
Will this case have any real impact on the age old problem of excessive force? I doubt it. The problem is systemic, and one that should be much less than it is.
Gordon was a third shift cop for a couple of years in grad school at Michigan State. He never pulled his gun out of the holster. He never handcuffed anyone he was arresting, and never put them in the back seat. They sat next to him up front.
His skill set was to treat them in a way to tamp down the stress on the person to the lowest possible, so he would not have to strangle anyone with his right hand while driving. This increased his safety of getting home with no incidents. The tactic chilled people out and worked like a charm. I don’t think they ever taught it at the police academy.
But of course you cannot do that with an armed felon. You have to be quicker than they are, which he was… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … March 12, 2021
MINNEAPOLIS — The city of Minneapolis has reached a $27 million settlement with George Floyd’s family just weeks before the trial is scheduled to begin for the former officer charged with murder in his death.
The City Council unanimously approved the settlement Friday after adding the matter to its agenda for a closed session. The settlement includes a $500,000 contribution from Floyd’s family to the community at the intersection of 38th and Chicago Avenue — now widely known as George Floyd Square.
Benjamin Crump and other attorneys representing Floyd’s family members are scheduled to hold a news conference Friday afternoon where they will be joined by Mayor Jacob Frey and City Council members.
Asked whether he would make an announcement about a settlement, Crump said, “all things are possible.”
“The city needs to exhibit responsible leadership in the face of the horrific tragedy that really was a watershed moment for America,” Crump said in an interview Friday.
In a statement Friday, one of Floyd’s sisters, Bridgett Floyd, said: “On behalf of all of my family members, I am pleased that this part of our tragic journey to justice for my brother George is resolved.”
She said that while she was unable to be with her family for the official announcement of the settlement they had reached with the city, she is with them in spirit.