Civil rights attorney Ben Crump and co-counsel representing the interest of George Floyd’s family held a late-morning news conference in Minneapolis to announce and detail a lawsuit filed against the city of Minneapolis and the four police officers charged in Floyd’s May 25 death.
The lawsuit filed today in U.S. District Court in Minnesota alleges a violation of Floyd’s rights when the four officers restrained him leading to his death. Crump also cited systemic racism as a cause, stating, “The city of Minneapolis has a history of policies and procedures and deliberate indifference when it comes to the treatment of arrestees, especially Black men."
Floyd, who was handcuffed, died after Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes as Floyd said he couldn’t breathe. The incident was recorded by bystanders who posted the video on social media and it went viral.
Chauvin and the three other officers, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng, were fired after the killing. All are named as defendants with the city of Minneapolis in the lawsuit. The county medical examiner and an independent medical examiner hired by Floyd's family concluded that his death was a homicide. A trial date for all four officers has been set for March 8, 2021.
"George Floyd begged for air," Crump said. "He called out to anybody who would listen."