The city of Minneapolis will pay a record $27 million to George Floyd’s family in a settlement announced just weeks before the trial is scheduled to begin for Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis cop accused of killing Floyd last May.

“George Floyd’s horrific death, witnessed by millions of people around the world, unleashed a deep longing and undeniable demand for justice and change,” family attorney Ben Crump said in a statement. “That the largest pre-trial settlement in a wrongful death case ever would be for the life of a Black man sends a powerful message that Black lives do matter and police brutality against people of color must end.”

The City Council unanimously approved the settlement Friday which includes a $500,000 contribution from Floyd’s family to the community at the intersection of 38th and Chicago Avenue — now widely known as George Floyd Square.