Following months of protests and the arrests of those responsible, the family of George Floyd has officially filed a civil lawsuit with the help of family attorney Benjamin Crump. Crump held a recent press conference announcing the lawsuit that targets the officers involved in his murder along with the city of Minneapolis.
Attorneys for the family of George Floyd, including Benjamin Crump, publicly announced a lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis and the four police officers charged in his death. Crump and co-counsel Antonio Romanucci made the announcement and pledged to get the family justice as the case goes to trial in March of 2021.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Minnesota and alleges that the four officers violated Floyd’s rights when they restrained him and that the city allowed a culture of excessive force, racism and impunity to flourish in its police force.
Speaking on the lawsuit, Crump said, “It was the knee of the entire Minneapolis police department on the neck of George Floyd that killed him.” Additionally, he didn’t mince words when he proclaimed that “deliberate indifference” on behalf of the city and police department, led to Floyd’s death.
The suit also alleges the “vague” use of force policies, which stipulate only that police use an amount of force equal to what is being used against them, allowing officers to decide what they can and cannot do, according to the attorneys.
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