George Floyd’s family members will sue Kanye West for $250 million for “harassment, misappropriation, defamation, and infliction of emotional distress,” lawyers representing the family announced after West made false claims about Floyd’s death in a recent interview.
Mr.Floyd’s died in 2020 after Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into his neck, despite his pleas that he couldn’t breathe. The incident sparked protests across the US and around the world as many demanded justice – with the officer later found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
West attracted outrage recently when he appeared on an episode of the Drink Champs podcast, raising questions over Floyd’s death.
In the installment – which has since been removed – the Praise God rapper referred to a documentary made by Candace Owens, titled: The Greatest Lie Ever Sold: George Floyd and the Rise of BLM.
West falsely claimed Floyd died from a fentanyl overdose, and not from former officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on his neck (medical examiner Dr. Andrew Baker testified that while Floyd’s drug use was a contributing factor in his death, the compression and restraining of his body by officers were the primary causes).
Floyd’s young daughter has been “retraumatized” by West’s remarks. In a recent string of bizarre behaviour, West has made several anti-Semitic remarks and been critical of Black Lives Matter. Chauvin was found guilty of Floyd’s murder—which sparked worldwide protests and served as a catalyst for the massive resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020. He was sentenced to 22.5 years for Floyd’s death and appealed the verdict in 2021. Chauvin pleaded guilty to violating Floyd’s civil rights in a civil suit, and received 21 years in prison, which he will serve simultaneously with his murder sentence.
Author: Bunmi Johnson
New York, USA