NEW YORK — New York City has agreed to pay a $13.7 million settlement to people who alleged police violated their rights during the protests following the 2020 killing of George Floyd.
The class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of about 1,300 protesters who said they were arrested or beaten by the NYPD.
Lawyers say this is the most expensive lawsuit awarded to protesters.
“It says to the city, ‘We made a mistake.’ They may not say it on paper, but they made a mistake, because they wouldn’t pay this money for it if they didn’t,” prosecutor Barbara Ross said.
The City’s Law Department released a statement that read, “The City and NYPD remain committed to ensuring that the public is safe and that people’s right to peaceful expression is protected. The NYPD has improved numerous practices to address the challenges they faced during protests during the pandemic. This settlement was in the best interests of all parties.”
Each protester in the lawsuit will receive just under $10,000.
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