At least 19 American cities are set to pay more than $80 million to protesters injured by police during 2020 racial justice protests stemming from George Floyd’s tragic murder.
The Guardian reported that the whopping settlement deal may increase as many lawsuits persist. It has been three years since the murder of Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, sparking the largest racial justice protests in the United States since the Civil Rights Movement.
But the movement went far beyond this nation’s borders: more than100 cities and millions of people rallied to stand against police brutality and racial injustice.
During this critical time, the National Guard was deployed and police officers discharged use-of-force tactics, including tear gas and projectiles. Dozens of lawsuits were subsequently filed for trauma as well as permanent bodily injuries. According to the news outlet, experts believe that the potential $80-plus million is a record considering the “unprecedented” number of lawsuits stemming from the George Floyd protests.
For instance, Anthony Evans of Austin, Texas, said he was peacefully protesting the murder of Floyd with his twin brother on Sunday, May 31, 2020 when he was struck in the jaw with a less-lethal bean bag round, according...