US City Pays 12 George Floyd Protesters $540,000

US City Pays 12 George Floyd Protesters $540,000

US City Pays 12 George Floyd Protesters $540,000

US City Pays 12 George Floyd Protesters $540,000

A total of $540,000 will be given to the twelve protestors who were detained by law enforcement during a peaceful demonstration over George Floyd’s death in 2020.

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The amount of money was a settlement from Cleveland, an American city in Ohio, according to their attorneys, the Associated Press writes.

According to reports on Wednesday, several of the 12 protesters received minor wounds from pepper spray during demonstrations on May 30, 2020, which were planned in response to Floyd’s killing at the hands of Minneapolis police.

A former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted in April 2021 of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death after pressing his knee on the Black American’s neck for more than nine minutes.

US City Pays 12 George Floyd Protesters $540,000

Chauvin was sentenced to 22 and half years in prison.

A civil rights lawyer, Sarah Gelsomino, and her colleague, Terry Gilbert who filed lawsuits against the city of Cleveland disclosed that those arrested had protested peacefully and caused no destruction or violence, but still ended up in jail.

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After winning the case and speaking on the settlement, Gelsomino said they will share the money equally. She also said the city has agreed to remove the charges from the records of the protestors.

Gelsomino said the city of Cleveland has consistently ignored First Amendment expression despite training and policies intended to educate officers.

US City Pays 12 George Floyd Protesters $540,000

Police “were unprepared, they were untrained, they were unsupervised, and they didn’t like the message on May 30, and they acted out,” she said.

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Gilbert told that as a part of the settlement, in addition to assisting those charged, removed their criminal records, the city will also provide more training to officers to handle crowd control at future events.

A similar racial injustice protest in Columbus resulted in 32 people receiving $5.75 million in settlements.

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