The American city of Minneapolis will pay 27 million dollars to the family of George Floyd, when police killed him on the street in May last year. Floyd was unarmed, but was knocked to the ground by police, and then, now former city police officer Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee against Floyd's neck until he passed away. Police brutality was recorded on camera and that was the trigger for protests against police actions that usually ended with the murder of African Americans.
Family lawyers said the footage sparked an "irrefutable demand for justice and change." The trial of Chauvin will begin on March 29, but the city authorities of Minneapolis decided not to wait for the outcome of that process, but agreed with the lawyers of the Floyd family on the amount of compensation, for which all members of the City Council voted. Will there be deeper changes than legal, statistical ones expressed in money? All these numbers and political "efforts" will be null and void unless something fundamentally changes.
Former police officer Derek Chauvin faces charges of second and third degree murder and second degree murder.
If convicted on all counts of the indictment, he could receive a maximum sentence of 65 years in prison. He pleaded not guilty.
So far, six jurors, or half, have been selected for trial. Potential jurors must show prosecutors and defence attorneys during questioning that they can set aside their views and be impartial in considering evidence.
Three other police officers involved in George Floyd's death - Jay Alexander Kueng, Tou Thao and Thomas Lane - have been charged with aiding and abetting the killings and will be tried separately later this year.
It is clear that the loss of human life cannot be measured by any amount of money, while the results of the trial and their impact on reality will show America whether it has the will to change or it will be another in a series of "lawsuits".