ST. PAUL — Attorneys representing the family of George Floyd, who died while in police custody in May, are announcing a civil lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis and police officers on Wednesday, July 15.
According to a Tuesday news release, Florida-based civil rights attorney Ben Crump and co-counsel Antonio Romanucci, who are both representing the Floyd family, are set to announce details on the civil rights suit at a Wednesday morning news conference in Minneapolis.
The impending civil suit comes less than two months after Floyd died in Minneapolis on May 25, when Minneapolis Police former-officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, knelt on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes as he cried out that he couldn't breathe. As Floyd, who was Black, grew unresponsive under Chauvin's knee, three other Minneapolis police former-officers present at the scene — Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J Alexander Kueng — did not intervene.
Chauvin has been charged with murder and manslaughter, and Lane, Thao and Kueng have been charged with aiding and abetting murder. All four former officers' trial dates have been set for March 2021. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is prosecuting the criminal case. Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill has issued a gag order to prevent public comment on the case.