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Minneapolis To Pay $35 Million To Cops Who Left Force Amid George Floyd Unrest

by : Cameron Frew on : 13 May 2021 14:08
Minneapolis To Pay $35 Million To Cops Who Left Force Amid George Floyd UnrestPA

Minneapolis police officers who quit amid the civil unrest following George Floyd’s murder are set to receive $35 million. 

The killing of Floyd last year saw a huge number of rallies across the city and wider Minnesota, with Black Lives Matter protesters campaigning against police brutality and racial injustice.

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With the involvement of law enforcement, some events led to violence and rioting, and a large number of officers left the force as a result.

More than 200 former Minneapolis police officers and firefighters left their departments, citing physical injuries or post-traumatic stress, Fox News reports.

In addition to clashes between officers, protesters and rioters, the police’s third precinct was burned down. Branden Michael Wolfe, 23, was recently sentenced to 41 months in prison for his role in the arson, in addition to stealing a number of police items like handcuffs and a baton, knife, pistol magazine and other ammunition.

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Ron Meuser, a lawyer representing the former officers, is currently working with City Hall on establishing the weight of their compensation packages, which must be approved by the council. One package is said to equal a payout of $250,000, however the average settlement will total around $175,000.

Meuser said: ‘I think they felt for a long, long time that the community doesn’t want them, doesn’t respect them and doesn’t care about them.’

MPD's Third Precinct on fire in May 2020. (PA Images)PA Images

Amid widespread calls to defund police departments nationwide, with hopes it’ll help force reform from within, the compensation packages attracted criticism. Council member Phillipe Cunningham wrote in an email: ‘Why are Black lives in north Minneapolis not being prioritised urgently?’

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However, Mayor Jacob Frey hit back in his reply, calling out his ‘absolute lack of support for adequate police staffing levels [which] have detracted from the essential work at great cost to the city of Minneapolis.’

This comes after former officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering Floyd last year, with three other officers facing trial on charges of aiding and abetting manslaughter.

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Cameron Frew

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with an NCTJ and BJTC-accredited Multimedia Journalism degree, Cameron ventured into the world of print journalism at The National, while also working as a freelance film journalist on the side, becoming an accredited Rotten Tomatoes critic in the process. He's now left his Scottish homelands and taken up residence at UNILAD as a journalist.

Topics: News, George Floyd, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Now, Police, US

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    Minneapolis to pay $35M to police officers who left force amid George Floyd unrest: report