The family of George Floyd filed a complaint Wednesday in a civil action against the municipality of Minneapolis, and four police officers for their responsibility in the death of this African-American during his arrest in late may in the northern city of the United States, announced its lawyers.
“This is not only the knee of the officer Derek Chauvin on the neck of George Floyd for 8 minutes, and 46 seconds, this is the knee of the police service of Minneapolis (…) who killed him,” said Ben Crump, lead counsel for the family, before the tribunal of the city.
George Floyd, age 46, died on 25 may after being handcuffed and shackled to the floor on the stomach, suffocating under the knee of a white policeman, Derek Chauvin.
His death triggered a movement of anger unseen since the 1960s in the United States against racism and police violence, which has spread worldwide, with protests to the cries of “Black Lives Matter” (the lives of black count).
Returned to the police along with three other officers present during the incident, Derek Chauvin will be tried for murder, and his ex-colleagues of aiding and abetting.
The city council of Minneapolis has decided to change his font to create a “new model” of public safety.
Ben Crump has not disclosed the amount of funding requested from the municipality, explaining simply that he wanted to ensure that the family is protected from the need ” for eternity “.
“If you think that the life of the Black account, then understand that we will ensure that there is a value of black,” said Chris Stewart, a lawyer associated with the complaint, to the address of the town hall.
The death of George Floyd, then it was no danger for the agents, is a “pivotal moment” to address the issue of police brutality against the black minority in the United States, said Ben Crump.
He cited a study from the American Journal of Public Health dating back to 2018, according to which a black man has about three times more likely to be killed by police than a white man, while the black community account for 13% of the population.