Last week, a Baltimore judge upheld charges against six city police officers in relation to the April death of Freddie Gray and also ruled that each would go to trial individually. In the meantime, the city has agreed to pay Gray’s family $6.4 million.
The story was first reported by the Washington Post’s Keith L. Alexander, who notes that the settlement amount will have to be approved by Baltimore’s Board of Estimates, which governs the city’s spending. That board includes Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who in a statement released this afternoon stated that the city believes the settlement does judge the guilt or innocence of the charged officers:
“The proposed settlement agreement going before the Board of Estimates should not be interpreted as a judgment on the guilt or innocence of the officers facing trial,” Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. “This settlement is being proposed solely because it is in the best interest of the city, and avoids costly and protracted litigation that would only make it more difficult for our city to heal and potentially cost taxpayers many millions more in damages.”
According to the city, Gray’s family would receive $2.9 million of the settlement in the current fiscal year, with the remaining $3.6 million to be delivered in the subsequent fiscal year, which begins in July. The deal covers any civil liability on the part of the city, its police department and the individual officers.
This past July, New York City settled with the family of Eric Garner for $5.9 million.
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