The family of Freddie Gray has reached a $6.4 settlement for civil claims in the 25-year-old’s unlawful arrest and death, the Baltimore Sun reports.
The settlement, which was motioned by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, is expected to be approved Wednesday by the city’s spending panel. The $6.4 million settlement will be awarded over the next two years, with the family receiving $2.8 million during the current fiscal year and $3.6 million next year.
There have been mixed reviews about the settlement, with some people believing the payment will help bring peace to the city, while others feel the arrangement does not compensate for the death of Gray .
Baltimore will be at peace when there is “justice for Freddie Gray,” said Del. Curt Anderson, a Baltimore Democrat. That means “trials, well reported, well attended, and decisions that were well reasoned as a result. I am not seeing any signs out there saying, ‘Freddie Gray’s family needs a payday.’ I see signs that say, ‘Justice for Freddie Gray.'”
Under the settlement, the city of Baltimore is accepting all civil liability in the April arrest and death of Freddie Gray, but does not acknowledge any wrongdoing by police, according to a statement released by Mayor Rawlings-Blake.
“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,” read her statement. “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.”
Gray’s settlement exceeds a combined total of more than 120 lawsuits brought against the Baltimore police for brutality and misconduct since 2011. As previously reported, Gray suffered fatal spinal injuries while in police custody back in April. His death resulted in immediate and massive protests across the city of Baltimore.
The six officers charged in Gray’s death are scheduled for a pretrial hearing Thursday where a judge will decide whether or not to move their cases out of the city; defense attorney’s claim the officers cannot get a fair trial in Baltimore due to the amount of publicity surrounding the case.