The mother of George Floyd’s daughter has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Kanye West in response to his controversial comments about Floyd’s death at the hands of a Minnesota police officer. Over the weekend, the rapper sparked new controversy by claiming Floyd died from the drug Fentanyl and that a police officer’s knee “wasn’t even on his neck like that.” Following the comments, civil rights attorney Lee Merritt, who represented Floyd’s family, suggested on Twitter that the family might sue West.
And now, Floyd’s family has issued a cease-and-desist letter to West in response to his comments on the Drink Champs podcast, which has since been removed.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Cauvin has been sentenced to 21 years in federal prison for violating George Floyd’s civil rights. Senior US District court Judge, Paul Magnuson, originally sentenced Chauvin to 252 months, but subtracted seven months for time served. Chauvin will also be required to pay restitution.
Chauvin initially pleaded not guilty to the charges but in Dec. 2021, he pleaded guilty to violating Floyd’s civil rights, as well as admitting that he kept a knee on Floyd’s neck after he became unresponsive.
Protesters have long spoken about the murder of George Floyd back in 2020. Police used excessive force, and recently the law department fired a lawyer for misrepresenting in the court on the George Floyd case. Lawyer Dara L. Weiss drafted an email to the lawyers for the protestors to discuss about the dispute, but she never sent it.
President Donald Trump declared a nationwide emergency on March 13, 2020. From there, the entire world was introduced to face masks and hand sanitizer. 6 million deaths and three years later, the world is still fighting to maintain some sense of “normal,” whatever that may look like.
George Floyd’s family traveled to Washington on Tuesday to meet with President Joe Biden and key lawmakers involved in policing reform talks, which have stalled with no tangible progress to show a year after Floyd’s death in police custody sparked worldwide protests demanding change.
On Monday, closing arguments began in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was charged with the murder of George Floyd. The prosecution took two weeks to present evidence that Chauvin used disproportionate, unjustified, and lethal force to detain Floyd.
Cher has been receiving criticism over a tweet she made about George Floyd’s death. On Friday, she tweeted out, “Was talking With Mom & She Said ‘I Watched Trial of Policeman Who Killed George Floyd, & Cried,’ I Said ‘Mom, I Know This Is Gonna Sound CRAZY, But…I Kept Thinking….. Maybe If I’d Been There,…I Could’ve Helped.”
On Wednesday, March 3, the House passed a police reform bill that would ban chokeholds, prohibit no-knock warrants, and overhaul qualified immunity for officers. It would also establish a national registry of police misconduct to be managed by the Department of Justice, which would be huge in eliminating ‘bad apples’ from the police force.