Freddie Gray Family Reportedly Gets $6.4M from Baltimore
The family of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man whose April death in police custody resulted in weeks of protests against Baltimore police, has received $6.4 million in a wrongful death settlement with the city.
According to The Washington Post, “In addition to the financial payout, the settlement would also call for the Baltimore police department to begin requiring its officers to wear body cameras, according to the two people familiar with the agreement.”
More from the report:
Baltimore officials could announce details of the proposed settlement as early as Tuesday. Such a deal however, would have to be approved by the city’s Board of Estimates, the governing body that oversees the city’s spending. That group, which includes Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D), is expected to meet Wednesday.
The agreement comes a week after renewed demonstrations sparked by a court hearing in which a judge concluded that the six Baltimore police officers indicted in Gray’s death and arrest should be given separate trials. This week, the judge will consider whether those trials should be held in Baltimore or moved to another jurisdiction.
Gray was arrested on April 12, 2015 for posessing what officials alleged to be an illegal switchblade. He died while being transported in a police van, having fallen into a coma as the result of a spinal cord injury.
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