Baltimore Agrees To Pay Freddie Gray’s Family Millions In Damages

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Justice hasn’t been served yet, but at least this is a start.

The city of Baltimore has reached a settlement with the family of Freddie Gray over his wrongful death while in police custody back in April.

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The settlement offer of $6.4 million will be voted on by the Board of Estimates, the city’s overseer on spending and financial matters, on Wednesday.

However, according to Baltimore’s mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the settlement offer has no bearing on the guilt or innocence of the six officers who are facing a trial over Gray’s death. She told reporters:

“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 millions more in damages.”

Gray sustained neck injuries while in a van in police custody back in April, and died shortly thereafter. The death and ensuing uncertainty over guilt brought protests across Baltimore as people stood up to police brutality and mistreatment.

Last week, a judge ruled that the six officers who have been charged in Gray’s death ought to be tried on separate charges.

Money won’t solve this as the Gray family seeks closure, but at least it’s some acknowledgment of injustice.

[Image via Baltimore Sun.]

Sep 8, 2015 12:12pm PDT

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