The family of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man who died as a result of injuries he sustained while in police custody in Baltimore, has reached a settlement with the city of Baltimore for $6.4 million.
The Associated Press reports:
The deal, announced Tuesday, appeared to be among the largest settlements in police death cases in recent years and happened just days before a judge is set to decide whether to move a trial for six officers charged in Gray’s death.
In April of this year, Freddie was riding in a prisoner transport van when he sustained injuries that severed his spine. He died one week later in a hospital as a result of the injuries.
“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,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said. “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 more millions in damages.”
Watch Ring of Fire’s commentary on the death of Freddie Gray.