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Investigation: New York City Agrees to Pay George Floyd Protestors $20 Million

By Adam Andrzejewski

Investigation by Adam Andrzejewski originally published by and

New York City has agreed to pay out $20 million to thousands of protestors through two settlements for alleged police misconduct during the George Floyd protests in the summer of 2020, according to Reuters.

In one settlement reached in March, New York City agreed to pay out $7 million to about 300 protestors that alleged police misconduct, with each protestor receiving payouts of about $21,500. In another settlement reached on July 20, New York City agreed to pay out $13 million to about 1,300 protestors, with each protestor receiving about $9,950.

Plaintiffs alleged that police used pepper spray improperly, used excessive force with batons, and used unlawful tactics like “kettling,” or confining a group of protesters in a small area, as a method of crowd control.

The settlements still must be approved by a judge, and protestors arrested on other charges like arson are not eligible to receive the payouts.

One of the plaintiff attorneys even recognized the harm to taxpayers, saying in a statement, “the city’s taxpayers will need to keep shelling out millions until City Hall stops bowing to the worst violent whims of the NYPD.”

If the police did violate the civil liberties of the protestors, then poor training and lax oversight of these officers led to taxpayers bearing the brunt of their misdeeds. On the other hand, if this was an ideologically motivated lawsuit, then the city should have fought harder to reduce the settlement amount to better protect the interests of taxpayers.

Either way, taxpayers are on the hook for a hefty price tag thanks to the ineptitude of New York City employees.

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This article was originally published by RealClearInvestigations and made available via RealClearWire.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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