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Baltimore to Pay Freddie Gray's Family $6.4 Million Settlement

September 08, 2015  | 

Baltimore plans to pay Freddie Gray's family $6.4 million as a settlement for civil claims in his arrest and death — an extraordinary payment in a lawsuit against city police, reports the Baltimore Sun.

The settlement — which is expected to be approved at Wednesday's meeting of the city's spending panel — will be paid out over two years, according to the mayor's office. The five-member board is controlled by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

The payment is larger than the total of more than 120 other lawsuits brought against the police department for alleged brutality and misconduct since 2011.

Gray, 25, died in April after sustaining a severe spinal cord injury in police custody. In the hours after his funeral, the city erupted into rioting, arson and looting. The National Guard was called in to help restore order, and a citywide curfew was put in place.

Six officers who were part of Gray's arrest and transport in a police van have been charged with crimes ranging from murder to assault; all have pleaded not guilty. A pre-trial motions hearing is scheduled Thursday for a judge to decide whether to move the cases out of Baltimore; defense attorneys say the officers cannot get a fair trial here because of the intense publicity surrounding the case.

The claim was brought by Gray's estate, including Freddie Carlos Gray Sr. and Gloria Darden, against the city police department.

The city is accepting all civil liability in Gray's arrest and death, but does not acknowledge any wrongdoing by the police, according to a statement from Rawlings-Blake's administration.

Comments (7)

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Bob peterson @ 9/8/2015 5:11 PM

How ridiculous to award money to the family of a person who deliberately hurt himself. why don't you gov. officials start hiring attorneys who can win a case like this. Settling with this family is an insult to all law enforcement. It's time to protect good and not buckle under to criminals. Baltimore officials should be ashamed of themselves. Police Lives Matter.

Jon Retired LEO @ 9/8/2015 6:34 PM

My god, what an outrageous sum. They must want to make sure that BLM supervisor Sharpton gets his share. Throw the officers all under the bus and pay the perps family to make them millionaires. Something smells rotten in denmark here. Wonder if the Mayor gets a cut from Sharpton after its all over.

Morning Eagle @ 9/8/2015 7:04 PM

"Freddie Grays estate?" Consisting of what, drugs and stolen property? The city can say they do not acknowledge any wrong doing but paying such a ridiculous sum is clear acknowledgment that will invite ever more lawsuits whenever officers try to do their job. Gonna be some attorneys that are laughing all the way to the bank with their cut.

Robert @ 9/9/2015 9:05 AM

The board seems to miss the entire point about the current situation between police and the citizens they SERVE.
Take this case in Cleveland: Shooting of Kenneth Jones
Here are the facts:
1. Officer cleared of Criminal Conduct by District Attorney (Beyond Reasonable Doubt) threshold.
2. Jury of citizens finds Officer DID commit a crime (Preponderance of Evidence / 51% standard).
So, now my questions....if the facts find, at a Jury trial that the Officer was not justified in use of force.
1. Why is he still a gun wearing police officer?
2. How the can the DA not present a case like this to the Jury, for criminal charges, when at least 51% of the evidence shows a crime was committed?
Basically the DA is saying he is 100% certain that the evidence is between 51% and "Beyond Reasonable Doubt"..and there is no need to have a criminal jury look at the evidence.Does anyone here understand how this erodes confidence in the system..and without confidence, the system breaks down

kevCopAz @ 9/9/2015 2:37 PM

Don't know this to be 100% true but on FOX last night they talked about this and according to them an actual formal Law Suit was never even filed yet, only an intent to sue. AND according to them in the last several years ALL of the similar type suits against PD in Maryland don't amount to this total! Yet again according to them in Maryland these claims are capped at something like $600K so where in the hell do these Pols get off paying this tax money to the family of a criminal. AND before there is any findings at all reference the case. This is another obvious attempt at the Pols there tainting the jury pool by admitting that the cops did it (without really saying so). This is pure BS

Stephen @ 9/10/2015 5:56 AM

How convenient, they pay the family off BEFORE the criminal trial of the railroaded officers. You think Baltimore is trying to influence a potential jury? Same thing happened in Charlotte, NC, but the jury became a hung jury and the NC AG stated he would not retry the case which like Baltimore should have never been a criminal case to begin with.

S.S. @ 9/15/2015 8:41 AM

This is CRAZY! No freaking way was this maggot worth this much. Let's see a drug dealer, and a drug user, on top of that evading from police, and then to top it off he keeps banging his stupid head against steel, and yes there is another criminal witness that backed this up. How the hell are they gonna pay his rotten family this obscene amount of money. More than likely they'll continue to live in govt. housing trick out their vehicles, and buy gold, and platinum jewelry along with weapons the best money can buy. This is such b.s. Thank that stupid witch d.a. for this one, and the d.o.j. and the obama admin. This just drives me nuts.

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