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Freddie Gray Settlement "Obscene," Police Union Chief Says

September 10, 2015  | 

Baltimore City FOP President Gene Ryan (Photo: Screen shot from WBAL TV)
Baltimore City FOP President Gene Ryan (Photo: Screen shot from WBAL TV)

A $6.4 million settlement for the family of Freddie Gray was formally approved Wednesday by a Baltimore financial board despite complaints from the police union president that the deal was "obscene."

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the other four members of the city's Board of Estimates unanimously approved the deal, which covers the city, police department and the officers included in wrongful death claims brought by Gray's family.

Announcement of the Baltimore deal Tuesday had brought an angry response from Fraternal Order of Police president Gene Ryan, who urged the Board of Estimates to reject it. He said the settlement would damage efforts to return to "pre-riot normalcy" – and the relationship between the city and its police officers, USA Today reports.

"To suggest that there is any reason to settle prior to the adjudication of the pending criminal cases is obscene," Ryan said.

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PSC J V @ 9/10/2015 4:58 PM

Quote from article above: "To suggest that there is any reason to settle prior to the adjudication of the pending criminal cases is obscene."

This gives the appearance of being nothing more than the city performing advance damage control and mitigation / reduction of any financial payout, in case the media coverage of the upcoming trials of the officers fans the flames even more so ...

Coupled with the announcement that the officers were denied a change of venue / trial location by a Federal Judge, the officers involved, indeed the entire department, is at risk for being painted by a single wide brush to appease the media and a largely less than fully informed public.

kevCopAz @ 9/10/2015 6:28 PM

My understanding form the news is in Maryland this is a landmark settlement, more then 5 years of all suits against police combined. I also understand that the cap is 900K for suffering and loss in that state and the remaining must be callculated based upon the "earning potential of the victim". In this case he was never employed and was a drug dealer. I guess they must have estimated the average salary of a street drug dealer to make the other 5+ million. What a joke!

Jon Retired LEO @ 9/10/2015 8:06 PM

As I said in an earlier post this settlement is absurd. The Mayor is trying to make points with the BLM and its leader Sharpton. If I were wearing blue and not involved in this case I would get out of Dodge as quickly as I could. Go to work for some other department or get into another line of work.

cwardlaw @ 9/11/2015 5:41 AM

If one or more of the officers had been injured or killed pursuing or arresting Gray and he had survived, there is no way they or their family would have been given any money. This money wasn't from a lawsuit but was from the city board who authorized this in hopes of appeasing the public. It's the same approach as the immediate and high number of charges brought against the six officers by the District Attorney. The stand down order given by the Mayor during the riots was done to appease the public also. There was no doubt that lawsuits were going to happen but they are suppose to be done after a defendant has been through criminal court. Doing it that way avoids jurors from getting the mindset of "Well, a Civil Court ruled against them, so they must be guilty". Due Process went out the window on this and it's becoming a trend across the country. The hypocrisy of this is that the people that go for this against officers would cry foul for years if this was done to them.

OK @ 9/11/2015 4:51 PM

The concept of "it is cheaper to pay than to fight" has been running rampant for years in NYC. While that may be true it is as short sited as you can get.

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