George Floyd protesters in Philadelphia get $9.25M

Smoke rises from a fire on a police cruiser in Center City during the Justice for George Floyd Philadelphia Protest on Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Philadelphia. Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody on Memorial Day, after an officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A $9.25 million settlement was reached with the city of Philadelphia for what the plaintiff’s lawyers called “excessive, militaristic use of force” by police against peaceful demonstrators and residents during the George Floyd protests in 2020.

The settlement was reached with 340 people, lawyers and city officials announced in statements on Monday. The lawsuit, filed in July 2020, challenged the Philadelphia Police Department’s response to protests in west Philadelphia where police used rubber bullets, pepper balls, and other uses of force, in some cases hurting people who weren’t involved in the protests, the lawyers said.

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