Ms Damond’s father, John Ruszczyk, and brother Jason are satisfied with the payment because it would be “transformational” in forcing change to policing in the US city, the family’s lawyer says.
Ms Damond, 40, formerly of Freshwater in northern Sydney, was shot dead by Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor on July 15, 2017 after calling 911 to report a possible rape in her neighbourhood.
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A jury found Noor guilty of Ms Damond’s third-degree murder on Tuesday after just a day of deliberations.
“Quiet satisfaction,” the family’s Minneapolis lawyer Bob Bennett said in describing the Ruszczyks’ reaction to the settlement. “I think they achieved the goals of both getting an amount that is undeniably significant and undeniably transformational.”
The settlement calls for the Ruszczyks to donate $US2 million to a Minneapolis foundation aimed at addressing gun violence.
The family had originally sued the city for $US50 million.
“This is not a victory for anyone but rather a way for our city to move forward,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said on Friday.
The $US20 million is significantly higher than the previous record of $US4.5 million paid out for a Minneapolis police officer shot by another officer, who mistook him for a fleeing suspect.
Mr Bennett denied Ms Damond's family received such a large payment because she was white when other police shooting victims who were minorities received less.
"I think the actions of Mohamed Noor were the things that were terrible and wrongful and unconstitutional and criminal," Mr Bennett said.