Minnesota: City of Minneapolis Pays Black $150,000 for Witnessing George Floyd’s Death

Donald Williams was severely traumatized

I want $150,000 for having just watched a 6-minute clip of Donald Williams testifying in court and demanding $150,000.

The Guardian:

The Minneapolis city council approved a $150,000 settlement to an eyewitness who tried to intervene to prevent George Floyd’s murder by police in the city almost four years ago and alleges he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result.

Donald Williams, 35, a mixed martial arts fighter who testified against Derek Chauvin in the former police officer’s 2021 murder trial, sued the city last spring, alleging he was assaulted by police while trying to prevent Floyd’s death on 25 May 2020.

Video from 3 years ago

The council unanimously approved the settlement without discussion on Thursday, the Star Tribune reported.

The lawsuit alleged that Chauvin looked directly at Williams, grabbed a canister of chemical spray and began shaking it toward him and other bystanders expressing concern for Floyd’s welfare. In video played at Chauvin’s trial, Williams can be heard urging Chauvin to get off Floyd, as the man was pinned down by the then officer, and denouncing the officer as a “bum”. Former officer Tou Thao stepped toward Williams and placed a hand on his chest, the lawsuit said.

Williams also urged officers to check Floyd’s pulse, medical aid that Chauvin and other officers ultimately failed to provide to Floyd.

Williams told the jury that Chauvin used what MMA fighters call a “blood choke” on Floyd, restricting his circulation as he was pinned.

In a 2021 interview with the Guardian, Williams said that witnessing Floyd’s murder left him traumatized.

“I’m dealing with stuff, with trauma,” Williams told the Guardian of the impact the murder and trial had on him. “We all are. Everyone who watched that. We’re all dealing with it. It’s trauma.”

Williams added that Floyd’s murder left him “fearful” for his safety. “I’m a Black man in America,” he said.


We’re still doing that bit?

How many people who had their stuff torched during the riots got anything for it?