Despite no finding of liability, Baltimore to pay family of Freddie Gray $6.4M

Despite no finding of liability, Baltimore to pay family of Freddie Gray $6.4M

Baltimore officials have reached a $6.4 million wrongful death settlement with the family of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man who died in April from a neck injury he suffered in police custody.

The deal still must be approved by the city’s Board of Estimates, the governing body that oversees the city’s spending. That group, which includes Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D), is expected to meet Wednesday.

The agreement comes a week after renewed demonstrations sparked by a court hearing in which a judge concluded that the six Baltimore police officers indicted in Gray’s death and arrest should be given separate trials. This week, the judge will consider whether those trials should be held in Baltimore or moved to another jurisdiction.

Gray was arrested the morning of April 12 and died days later from a catastrophic injury that occurred while he was being driven in a police van. Authorities said Gray was handcuffed and unbelted at the time.

 

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