Two kneeling Derek Chauvin cases settle for millions

Two kneeling Derek Chauvin cases settle for millions

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Footage from police-worn cameras shows Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on John Pope’s neck. Chauvin was convicted in April 2021 of the May 2020 murder of George Floyd by putting his knee on his neck for more than nine minutes. The city of Minneapolis agreed to pay Pope $7.5 million. (Image via Robins Kaplan LLP.)

The city of Minneapolis has agreed to settle the longstanding lawsuits of two people, including a 14-year-old teenager, who were brutalized by former police officer Derek Chauvin, the convicted murderer of George Floyd.

John Pope and Zoya Code sued Chauvin separately in 2022 for injuries resulting from encounters with the disgraced officer several years prior. During those confrontations, Chauvin exhibited the same behavior as on May 25, 2020, when he was filmed jamming his knee into Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes. Video of the incident showed bystanders pleading for Chauvin to stop as Floyd’s pleas fell silent. His death sparked months of protests around the world demanding accountability for police brutality against black people. Chauvin was convicted of murder in state court and pleaded guilty to two federal charges of violating Floyd’s civil rights and was sentenced to decades behind bars.

Now, the town where Chauvin once served as a police officer has agreed to settle Pope and Code’s civil cases against him totaling nearly $9 million. The plaintiffs in both cases, like Floyd, are black and were unarmed when Chauvin, who is white, pinned them to the ground by pressing his knee on their necks.