Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is defending a $6.4 million dollar settlement the city has agreed to pay the family of Freddie Gray but many see the settlement as a payoff to appease the rioters.
Here’s Rawlings-Blake defending the decision which she claims is the “right fiscal decision” for the taxpayers of Baltimore:
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Jim Hoft covered this story at The Gateway Pundit yesterday but there’s a new development. The police union chief has blasted the settlement as obscene.
USA Today reports:
Freddie Gray settlement ‘obscene,’ police union chief says
A $6.4 million settlement for the family of Freddie Gray was formally approved Wednesday by a Baltimore financial board despite complaints from the police union president that the deal was “obscene.”…
Announcement of the Baltimore deal Tuesday had brought an angry response from Fraternal Order of Police president Gene Ryan, who urged the Board of Estimates to reject it. He said the settlement would damage efforts to return to “pre-riot normalcy” – and the relationship between the city and its police officers.
“To suggest that there is any reason to settle prior to the adjudication of the pending criminal cases is obscene,” Ryan said…
David Harris, a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh, told the Associated Pres that lawyers for the officers will almost certainly raise the settlement issue in seeking to move the trials out of Baltimore.
“They tell us it’s by no way an admission of fault by the police officers,” Harris told AP. “If I was an attorney for a defendant I’d be revising my (venue) motion right now to say the settlement was made to persuade the jury pool that the officers did something wrong.”