Lawyers for the family of George Floyd say the city of Minneapolis has agreed to a $27 million wrongful death settlement in what they call “the largest pre-trial civil rights wrongful death settlement in U.S. history.”

Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvan is currently on trial for the murder of George Floyd. A video of him kneeling on Floyd’s neck before his death went viral last year, sparking a wave of protests against police brutality.

Lawyer Ben Crump said of the settlement:

“The horrific death of George Floyd, witnessed by millions around the world, has sparked a deep longing and an undeniable demand for justice and change. That the largest pre-trial wrongful death settlement ever would involve the life of a black person sends a powerful message that black lives matter and that police brutality against people of color must end.”

Floyd’s brother Rodney said the settlement was “a necessary step for all of us to find closure,” adding, “George’s legacy to those who loved him will always be his optimism that things can get better, and we hope this agreement does just that.”

Chauvin faces both second- and third-degree murder charges, which carry maximum sentences of 40 and 25 years, respectively. The arguments in his trial will begin at the end of March, and a verdict is expected at the end of April.

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