Minneapolis agrees to $27 million settlement with George Floyd’s family over deadly arrest
Demonstrators hold pictures of George Floyd outside the Hennepin County Government Center where the trial is to be held of the police officer charged with his death(AFP)

The city of Minneapolis will pay $27 million to settle a civil lawsuit by the family of George Floyd over his death in May while handcuffed after being arrested and restrained by city police officers, the city announced on Friday.

Mayor Jacob Frey will join other elected officials and members of Floyd's family on Friday afternoon for a news conference to discuss the settlement.

Floyd's death, captured on a widely seen bystander's video, helped spark one of the largest protest movements ever seen in the United States.

The trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer seen with his knee on the dying Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes, began earlier this week on charges of murder and manslaughter.

(REUTERS)