© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A lady takes half in a march and vigil on the second anniversary of the dying of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed in 2020 by white police officer Derek Chauvin by kneeling on his neck, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. Could 25, 2022. REU
By Brendan O’Brien
(Reuters) – The town of Minneapolis pays $50,000 every to 12 folks injured by police throughout demonstrations that erupted after a white officer killed George Floyd by pinning the 46-year-old Black man’s neck to the bottom with a knee, court docket data present.
As a part of a settlement accredited on Wednesday in federal court docket, Minneapolis can even implement reforms in the way in which cops deal with demonstrations, prohibiting them from utilizing bodily pressure and from deploying chemical brokers in opposition to peaceable protesters.
The settlement requires physique cameras worn by Minneapolis police to be recording and unobstructed once they interact with protesters, court docket data confirmed.
“This settlement is an enormous step in the direction of maintaining peaceable protesters protected from police violence. I hope different police departments throughout the nation see this end result and proactively undertake these identical insurance policies and requirements,” Jordan Meyer, one of many plaintiffs within the case, mentioned in a press release launched by the Minnesota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
The ACLU helped file the category motion lawsuit in opposition to the town.
Demonstrations and, at instances, violent riots erupted throughout Minneapolis hours after Officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee in opposition to Floyd’s neck for greater than 9 minutes throughout an arrest over a counterfeit $20 invoice on Could 25, 2020. Chauvin was later convicted of homicide and pleaded responsible to federal expenses.
A video of the incident circulating on social media helped spark demonstrations in opposition to police brutality and racism throughout the nation and in massive cities across the globe.
The 12 plaintiffs suffered accidents together with bruising from less-lethal munitions, lingering respiratory points from tear gasoline and psychological trauma, the ACLU mentioned.
The Minneapolis Metropolis Council accredited the settlement on Oct. 20 and Mayor Jacob Frey signed it six days later, native media reported.