PHILADELPHIA – The City of Philadelphia has reached a record-breaking settlement with protesters who were hit with tear gas and pepper spray during protests against police brutality in the summer of 2020.
Philadelphia law firm Mincey Fitzpatrick Ross, LLC announced the settlement in the federal lawsuit filed on behalf of 237 people injured in protests against the murder of George Floyd held in Philadelphia on May 31 and June 1, 2020. The suit, which named Mayor Jim Kenney, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, former Philadelphia police officer Richard Nicoletti, and the City of Philadelphia, was negotiated with three other lawsuits filed by attorneys in federal court.
During a press conference held on Monday morning, several case plaintiffs said they have an array of physical ailments caused by the police violence they experienced, including nerve damage from zip ties, scars from rubber bullets and reactions to chemical agents.
The city of Philadelphia has agreed to pay the 237 Black Lives Matter protesters a whopping $9.25 million in all.
In addition to the massive settlement, the City has agreed to spend between $500,000 – $600,000 on counseling services for people who live within a radius of the 52nd Street corridor in West Philadelphia and the plaintiffs, Fox 29 reported.
In another part of the deal, the City of Philadelphia will also stop participating in a program with provided them with military equipment from the federal government.
The report explains that three plaintiffs in the lawsuit complained they were sprayed in the face with tear gas.
This comes after New York City recently reached a $6 million settlement with protesters involved in a June 4, 2020 riot. The NYC deal will shell out $21,500 to each of the more than 300 people involved in that incident.
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— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) March 20, 2023
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— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 20, 2023
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