UPDATE 11:20 a.m. ET – Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake confirmed Tuesday that the Baltimore City Law Department has proposed a $6.4 million civil claims settlement in the death of Freddie Gray, who died from injuries suffered while in police custody in April. The settlement still requires approval by a city governing body that oversees spending, which was expected to meet Wednesday.
Payment to Gray's family would be split between the current and upcoming fiscal years, according to a statement released by the mayor’s office. “The proposed settled agreement going before the Board of Estimates should not be interpreted as a judgment on the guilt or innocence of the officers facing trial,” Rawlings-Blake said in the statement, referring to the six charged with murder and official misconduct.
The settlement would help the city avoid “costly and protracted litigation that would only make it more difficult for our city to heal,” the mayor added.
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Baltimore has agreed to pay $6.4 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit with the family of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man who died April 19 from injuries he suffered while in police custody, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. Baltimore officials were expected to announce the details of the settlement later in the day, according the Post, which cited two people with knowledge of the agreement.
The deal would have to be approved by a city board that governs spending. The group was scheduled to meet Wednesday and includes Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Rawlings-Blake has been outspoken about Gray’s death, which sparked some peaceful protests and a few days of riots, looting and arson in May. Six Baltimore police officers face charges that range from “depraved heart” murder to official misconduct in the Gray case.