KILLED BY POLICE: Murdered 25-year-old Freddie Gray
BALTIMORE OFFICIALS have reached a $6.4 million wrongful death settlement with the family of Freddie Gray - the 25-year-old man who died in April from a neck injury he suffered in police custody.
Six Baltimore police officers face criminal charges stemming from Gray's death. Gray, who was black, was critically injured April 12 in the back of a prisoner transport van after he was arrested.
His death sparked protests, rioting and unrest that shook Baltimore for days.
The settlement still needs the approval of a board that oversees city spending. The board meets tomorrow (Sept 9).
"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," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said.
"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."
All six officers are charged with second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. Brian Rice, Alicia White and William Porter also face a manslaughter charge, while Caesar Goodson faces the most serious charge of all: second-degree "depraved-heart" murder.
Three of the officers are black and three are white.