Baltimore city officials reached a tentative deal Tuesday with the family of Freddie Gray – the black man who died a few days after he was injured during police detainment – settling on $6.4 million, various media outlets reported.
The settlement comes on the heels of the family’s filing of a wrongful death suit, and about a week after the six officers involved in the April 12 arrest headed to their first court hearing on a multitude of criminal charges.
The settlement doesn’t mean the city’s assuming guilt in Gray’s death, which was ruled a homicide, as WND previously reported. It’s also not yet final.
“The proposed settlement agreement going before the board of estimates should not be interpreted as a judgment on the guilt or innocence of the officers facing trial,” Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a news release reported by the Associated Press. “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.”
The board of estimates is due to meet Wednesday to confirm or deny the settlement, AP said.
The six officers involved in Gray’s arrest have been charged with second-degree assault, misconduct and reckless endangerment. Three of them also face manslaughter charges and a fourth, second-degree “depraved heart” murder.
As WND reported, the federal government was called to look into Gray’s death, which ignited widespread street protests that turned violent and led to massive property destruction and several arrests.