Baltimore to pay $6.4M to Freddie Gray’s family

Baltimore reaches tentative agreement with family of Freddie Gray to settle possible civil lawsuits for $6.4 million payment

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Mourners pay their respects at the open casket of 25-year old Freddie Gray prior to his funeral services at New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland in this file photo from April 27, 2015

Baltimore city tentatively agreed to pay $6.4 million to the family of Freddie Gray, a black man who died in police custody in April, to prevent civil wrongful death lawsuits.

The agreement should be approved by Baltimore Board of Estimates to be finalised, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement.

“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.

Freddie Gray (25) died of injuries he sustained while being transported in a police van and his death was deprived of medical attention during the transport.

“Mr Gray suffered a severe and critical neck injury as a result of being handcuffed, shackled by his feet and unrestrained,” Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said on May 1 explaining the cause of death according to her investigation.

Trial of six police officers, who were involved in the case and face various charges including second degree murder and assault, still continues.

Protests broke out on the streets of Baltimore and other major US cities following Gray’s funeral.

Protesters in New York City holding a sign that reads "Justice for Freddie Gray! #Blacklivesmatter!"

The incident also reignited controversy about racism and unfair treatment of minorities by the US police as it came part of a chain of black men killed at the hands of police across the US in cities like New York, Ferguson and Cleveland.

To restrain the rioting that followed the protests in Baltimore, Maryland governor deployed National Guard in the city and imposed a curfew lasting almost a week.

Baltimore Sun reported that the amount agreed to be paid to Gray’s family is more than the total paid by the city for 120 lawsuits against the Baltimore Police Department since 2011.

The payment will be made in two installments as the family will receive $2.8 million in 2015 and $3.6 million in 2016.



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