One of the reasons Republicans oppose Trial Lawyers is that the best way to reform a corrupt system is to make the results of that corruption (or racism) cost real money. Now I have no idea whether Baltimore officials will, can, or even know how to resolve the issues in Baltimore – but it has to be cheaper to the City and it’s taxpayers than continuing with the current system.
Racism literally shaves $2 Trillion a year off the US economy…Maybe it is time to stop feeding the racist trolls who are defending the status quo of unaccountability for some (usually white in their reference) folks.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Baltimore city officials have reached a $6.4 million wrongful death settlement in the death of Freddie Gray, citing two people with knowledge of the agreement.
Details of the proposed settlement could be released by city officials as early as Tuesday.
Gray, 25, sustained a severe spinal injury after being taken into custody by Baltimore police. He died on April 19. Autopsy reports showed Gray had a single “high-energy injury,” which was most likely caused by a “rough ride” in the back of a police van. He was handcuffed and not secured by a seatbelt, and the injury likely occurred when the van decelerated quickly. His death was ruled a homicide, based on police failure to follow safety procedures.
What happened before and after Gray’s arrest is still unclear. But the Baltimore Police Department admitted on April 24 that Gray had not received timely medical care. In May, all six officers involved in the death of Gray were charged and indicted.
The settlement would need approval from Baltimore’s Board of Estimates, which handles the city’s spending, according to The Washington Post. The Board is expected to meet on Wednesday. In addition to the payout, Baltimore police officers would be required to wear body cameras.
The city has paid out around $5.7 million in police brutality settlements since 2011, according to a 2014 Baltimore Sun analysis.