Under the proposed settlement, the city would pay $2.8 million during the current fiscal year and $3.6 million in next year, the city said. By entering into a settlement, the city would avoid a public lawsuit that could have played out in court. In such city settlements, a clause has stated that both sides cannot talk publicly about the case.
Gloria Darden, mother of Freddie Gray, center, sits in front of Gray’s casket at his burial, Monday, April 27, 2015, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
The city of Baltimore is slated to pay the family of Freddie Gray – the 25-year-old Black man who died of a severe spinal cord injury in police custody – a settlement of $6.4 million, the Baltimore Sun reports.
The settlement, which stemmed from a civil lawsuit filed by the family after Gray’s unlawful arrest and death in April, is said to be one of the largest in police brutality suits since 2011. According to the Sun, the settlement is “larger than the total of more than 120 other lawsuits brought against the police department for alleged brutality,” in years. The plan is scheduled to be approved by the city’s spending panel on Wednesday, the office of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake confirmed.
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