The city of Baltimore has reached a $6.4 million settlement with the family of Freddie Gray, just five months after the 25-year-old was critically injured while in police custody.
The deal, announced earlier today (September 8), appears to be the biggest payment settlement in police death cases in recent years.
Gray died in April after sustaining a severe spinal cord injury in police custody. The incident sparked national outrage and days of protests throughout the city of Baltimore.
The settlement remains tentative, as it still needs the approval of a board that oversees city spending. That board will meet tomorrow (September 9), as Associated Press reports.
"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," said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in a news release. "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."
According to the Baltimore Sun, under the proposed settlement, the city will pay $2.8 million during the current fiscal year and $3.6 million next year.
Meanwhile, the six officers who were part of Gray's April arrest and transport have been charged with several crimes including assault and murder. These officers have since pleaded not guilty. A pre-trial motions hearing is set for Thursday (September 10).