Family Of Freddie Gray Reaches $6.4 Million Settlement With City Of Baltimore
Relatives of Freddie Gray have reached a $6.4 million settlement for civil claims in his arrest and death, the Baltimore Sun reports.
The settlement is expected to be approved Wednesday at a spending panel for the city. The five-member board is controlled by the city’s mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. According to the mayor’s office, the payout will be stretched out over the course of two years. Under the proposed settlement, the family will receive $2.8 million during the current fiscal year and an additional $3.6 million next year. The settlement offers the largest payout resulting from a lawsuit against the Baltimore Police Department stemming from brutality and misconduct claims since 2011.
Baltimore has accepted all civil liability for Gray’s arrest and death; however, the Rawlings-Blake administration has not specifically acknowledged any wrongdoing on behalf of the police.
“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,” the mayor 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.”
City Council President Bernard C. Young, who is a member of the spending panel, has expressed that he intends to support the payout.
“The council president felt strongly that the matter of the settlement needed to be addressed, because you have a situation where a lengthy legal proceeding in terms of the civil case would not necessarily be in the best interest of the city,” Davis said.
Gray suffered a severe spinal injury after being arrested in April. He passed away one week later.