Baltimore Agrees to Pay $6.4 Million to Family of Freddie Gray


The city of Baltimore has reached a $6.4 million settlement in a lawsuit filed by the family of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man black man who died in April after suffering a neck injury while in police custody.

The settlement is expected to be approved Wednesday at a meeting of the city’s Board of Estimates, which oversees city spending, the mayor’s office said.

Last week a judge ruled that the six police officers charged in connection with Gray’s death can be tried separately.

The six officers have pleaded not guilty to charges ranging from false imprisonment to involuntary manslaughter. Gray died of a severe neck injury after being handcuffed and restrained inside a police vehicle April 12.

Gray’s death triggered widespread protests, accompanied by looting and arson in Baltimore, and prompted a national outcry.

The office of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the funds would be paid to Gray’s family over two years.

Source: USA Today | John Bacon