Baltimore Mayor and City Agree to Pay Family of Freddie Gray $6.4 Million (VIDEO)
The case has not even been tried in court yet.
But the family of Freddie Gray was awarded a $6.4 million settlement from the city of Baltimore over his wrongful death.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’sdecided to pay Freddie Gray’s family a $6.4 million in a civil settlement. She believes it will give the community “a sense of justice.”
Via America’s Newsroom:
Not everyone agrees with the premature decision.
The Baltimore Sun reported:
Del. Curt Anderson, a Baltimore Democrat, rejected the idea that the settlement could help bring peace to the city. Baltimore will be calm when there is “justice for Freddie Gray,” he said. 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.'”
Anderson said that he’s not opposed to Gray’s family being compensated, but that it’s too early to know what amount is appropriate. “I am not sure how much time the city law department has had to look at the strengths and weaknesses of the case against the city when no case has even been filed,” he said.
Under the proposed settlement, the city is accepting all civil liability in the April arrest and death of the 25-year-old Gray, who suffered a spinal injury while in police custody. The city does not acknowledge any wrongdoing by police, according to a statement from Rawlings-Blake.
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told reporters that city officials gave the violent Freddie Gray protesters “space” to destroy property during the spring riots.
Conservative Treehouse added this:
Keep in mind: ♦ no wrongdoing has ever been found; ♦ Marilyn Mosby’s private attorney is the same attorney as Freddie Gray’s family; ♦ The Gray family never filed a lawsuit, so this is not a “settlement” per se’; ♦ The possibility of any police wrongful conduct being found during trial is quite probably nil; ♦ The maximum payout under Maryland state law, if lawsuit filed – and if police misconduct could be identified, would have been $400k.