Philadelphia Reaches Huge $9.25M Settlement With 2020 During George Floyd Protest Victims

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 03/21/2023
As the City of Brotherly Love obtained a seven-figure settlement with Black Lives Matter demonstrators about "physical and emotional injuries," victimhood translated into significant profits.

Once George Floyd died in police custody in 2020, within a week both lockdown rules and legal requirements were broken in the name of social justice. In Philadelphia, this was a large number of protesters obstructing traffic on a main expressway, which prompted a police intervention to put an end to the disorder.

With the use of non-lethal weapons including tear gas and pepper spray, the illegal protest was dispersed off I-676, and now those activists will receive a $9.25 million payout. A complaint filed on behalf of 343 protestors claimed they had suffered "physical and emotional damage caused by the City's response to civil unrest and demonstrations," and the city announced on Monday that the litigation had been settled.

The office of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) issued a statement explaining that the 343 Plaintiffs would get a total of $9.25 million under the Accord. Also, a grant will give Bread & Roses Community Fund $500,000 to $600,000 for free mental health treatment for residents of West Philadelphia.

When Kenney waived all of the offenses protesters had been accused of, the figure comes to close to $27,000 per protester. At the time, he said, "My decision to forgive these infractions is not a statement on the legitimacy of the specific citations. Instead, it is an acknowledgment of the fundamental issues that prompted thousands to rally in Philadelphia.


A legacy of systemic racism and police violence against Black and Brown Philadelphians has left behind unimaginable anguish and trauma, according to Monday Kenney. The commutations applied to roughly twice as many demonstrators as those who had been included in the class action complaint. We believe that this agreement will help some individuals heal from the harm they endured in their West Philly communities and during protests on I-676 in 2020, even though it is only the first step toward reconciliation. We continue to work in partnership with the Philadelphia Police Department to put changes into place and keep our communities safe because we are pleased of the accomplishments made via the Pathways to Reform, Transformation, and Reconciliation initiative.

City Solicitor Diana Cortes reflected that view when she said, "After many years of negotiation, we are convinced that this settlement will provide the plaintiffs with a chance to move past the events of May 31 and June 1 and recover." We appreciate that Bread & Roses Community Fund will have the chance to offer affected residents mental health therapy as part of the settlement's conditions.

The large protests that were held in Philadelphia and across the country in response to the death of George Floyd, according to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, were of an unparalleled size. The Philadelphia Police Department is a learning organization, and we're committed to progress that's positive and useful.

"We will work nonstop to improve what we police do with local, state, and community partners to safeguard the first amendment rights of demonstrators, keep our communities and officers safe, and ultimately show that we are dedicated to a better standard," Outlaw continued.

The lawsuit claimed "the New York City Police Department arrested and charged the protesters without probable cause and subjected them to excessive force, as part of a planned action involving some of the most senior members of the NYPD," CNN reported. According to that settlement, the city may agree to pay at least $21,500 to over 300 protesters.

The protesters have been given six months to agree to or disagree with the settlement regarding the arrests that took place on June 4, 2020.

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