The city of Baltimore has agreed to a tentative settlement of $6.4 million in the police brutality case of Freddie Gray, a man who died while being held in police custody. The 25-year-old African American man was taken into custody on April 12, following a foot chase by officers in West Baltimore.
The man was put into a transport van after the arrest. Officers shackled his feet and placed him in handcuffs, but they failed to put a seatbelt on him. While in transport, he suffered a spinal cord injury, from which he later died. According to the medical examiner who performed the autopsy on the man, his death was a homicide.
6 Police Officers Charged for the Death
Six police officers were charged in the incident. Half of the officers were white and half of the officers were black. Many people criticized the incident as another example of police brutality and unfair treatment of minorities by police. The man's death helped spark rioting and protests throughout the United States by adding fuel to the firestorm of protests that were already raging over instances of police brutality at the time.
The victim's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, claiming that Baltimore is liable for the loss of their loved one. According to the city's tentative settlement of the matter, the family will receive $2.8 million this year and $3.6 million during the next fiscal year.
The approval of the settlement will not affect the current charges pending against the six police officers in this case.
Not the Only Police Brutality Issue in Baltimore
If the settlement is approved by the parties and the court, it will not be the only Baltimore police brutality settlement in recent years. Since 2011, Baltimore has paid out $5.7 million for police brutality settlements and judgments.
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