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Philadelphia Agrees to Pay $9.25 Million to People Claiming ‘Police Brutality’ During George Floyd Riots

Philadelphia Agrees to Pay $9.25 Million to People Claiming ‘Police Brutality’ During George Floyd Riots

Crime pays.

Philadelphia agreed to pay $9.5 million to 343 plaintiffs who claimed police injured them during the George Floyd riots in 2020.

The people blocked Interstate 676 on June 1, 2020.

Law firm Mincey Fitzpatrick Ross, LLC announced the agreement. The firm, representing 237 people, negotiated the settlement “with three other lawsuits filed by attorneys.”

The Ross suit “named Mayor Jim Kenney, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, former Philadelphia police officer Richard Nicoletti, and the City of Philadelphia.”

The amount for each person will depend on their case.

The plaintiffs said the settlement is not the end because “they want the city to do more to ensure the end of police brutality against residents.” The police department already agreed not to stop participating in a government program that supplies them with military equipment.

Bread & Roses Community Fund will receive between $500,000 and $600,000 to provide free mental health counseling for the residents in the area, not just the plaintiffs.

However, dashcam footage shows rioters show violence towards officers, which the city used to justify its actions:

Taken from the camera in PSP patrol unit K1-15, the video does show a masked protester who approaches and spray-paints a small circle over the windshield of the trooper SUV, obscuring much of the camera’s field of vision.

The footage, requested by WHYY News, does not appear to otherwise corroborate accounts of violence circulated by Mayor Jim Kenney’s office in justification of the tear-gassing. Officials said demonstrators, who were protesting systemic racism and police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, had trapped the lone trooper and begun rocking his vehicle. In the dashcam video, law enforcement can be heard describing the protests as “peaceful.”

“While on the roadway, the crowd surrounded a State Trooper, who was alone and seated in his vehicle, and began rocking the vehicle, with the trooper having no safe means of egress,” said Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw in an initial statement, released on June 1, the day of the event.

There is footage showing people acting peaceful except…blocking an interstate, for goodness sake.

No local outlets mentioned the violence in Philadelphia days before the June 1, 2020, incident. Yes, it matters because the city was on edge. The first protest happened on May 30. They burned police cars, looted businesses, and set a building on fire.

On May 31, rioters continued to trash the city, looting and destroying businesses, burning police cars, and shutting down streets.


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2smartforlibs | March 21, 2023 at 1:07 pm

So in fact the victims are victimized twice.

    The bigger picture is this: the rioters are being compensated for rioting – on the payroll.

    Between Kamala Harris raising money for bail for rioters and these kinds of payoff, what this means is that democrat rioters know rioting is a good for a nest egg.

    We’re in the Wiemar Republic, but Biden is no Paul Von Hindenburg, so we’re in an even more precarious situation. But the leftists infesting our government are Hitlers.

When do we just stop paying taxes?

healthguyfsu | March 21, 2023 at 1:10 pm

The Ross suit “named Mayor Jim Kenney, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, former Philadelphia police officer Richard Nicoletti, and the City of Philadelphia.”

This pretty much made a settlement a foregone conclusion once it survives a motion to dismiss. None of the political creatures in that list wanted their names associated with a lawsuit because their political creature adversaries can use it to campaign against them.

Antifundamentalist | March 21, 2023 at 1:29 pm

It pays to protest with DNC approval. However, don’t go to DC and listen to someone give a speech in protest of questionable election results…that’s insurgency and might get you jail time. Even if you don’t enter any Federal Buildings while you are there.

Disgusting.. but no surprise. More clown world.

Just opens the door

“they want the city to do more to ensure the end of police brutality against residents.”
Well, they’ll get it… as the cops decide, “why the hell would I want to risk my life and my nest egg for these clowns anymore?” and take off.
Next: Philadelphia remedies its medical malpractice by closing all its hospitals.

E Howard Hunt | March 21, 2023 at 2:39 pm

The sum is outrageous. Divided equally among all the plaintiffs, it will not even buy them each a used Escalade. More Racism!

Philadelphia will continue to bleed productive residents. Kenney is straight up garbage, but his term is up and the next mayor will likely be worse.

Another variation on sue and settle. Everybody wins except the taxpayer.

Basically elections are just how to divide up power and the government treasury at this point.

No serious governing is going on.

Over the decades, I’ve seen a lot of burn, loot, murder riots in major cities across the USA which have leveled inner cities, left hundreds dead, and billions upon billions in property damage. My earliest memory of such carnage is the 1967 Detroit riot. The most recent being the 2020 burn, loot, murder riots. That said, I think Negroes owe the rest of the nation reparations, not vice versa.

Can’t we all just get along, Rodney King?

Paying off the Marxists Street thugs by millions.
Have fun Philadelphia County, you earned it.

What despicable city management.

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

― Booker T. Washington

It’s humiliation. These trash people are getting paid by the tax money of good people. The good people who are left, who thought Philly could be saved, probably won’t care anymore and will get out. Philly will get even worse.

It’s a shame. I grew up near Philly. It was never a paradise, but it was an interesting city with some good features.

Occupy, Antifa, SS BLM, etc. Extortion? Redistributive change? Is the payoff, hush money, out-of-court settlement a deductible expense… for the taxpayers?

    henrybowman in reply to n.n. | March 21, 2023 at 8:16 pm

    Maybe it’s actually equivalent to a campaign donation to the city fathers.
    I bet Philly’s equivalent of Alvin Bragg will look into it right away!

BLM rioters destroyed over 10,000 businesses in Philly.

They also put hundreds of police officers in hospital.

Very few ever arrested, and only a tiny percent of those were ever prosecuted – and even then allowed to plead to much reduced charges.

So now the productive people in the city, whose lives were ruined, will be forced to pay – through their taxes – the same rioters that destroyed their city.