(9/10/15) A judge has ruled that the criminal trials against the six officers accused of killing Freddie Gray will remain in Baltimore, MD. Read more at NBC News.
Yvonne Wenger and Mark Puente of The Baltimore Sun are reporting that the family of Freddie Gray will receive $6.4 million from the Rawlings-Blake administration as a settlement for civil claims in the arrest and subsequent death of the young man. The payment amount is being referred to as an “extraordinary” amount in terms of settlements paid out against police departments.
Wenger and Puente write:
“The settlement — which is expected to be approved at Wednesday’s meeting of the city’s spending panel — will be paid out over two years, according to the mayor’s office. The five-member board is controlled by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
The payment is larger than the total of more than 120 other lawsuits brought against the police department for alleged brutality and misconduct since 2011.
Gray, 25, died in April after sustaining a severe spinal cord injury in police custody. In the hours after his funeral, the city erupted into rioting, arson and looting. The National Guard was called in to help restore order, and a citywide curfew was put in place.”
A pre-trial motions hearing is scheduled Thursday for a judge to decide whether to move the cases against the six police officers charged in Gray’s death out of the City of Baltimore.
Read more at The Baltimore Sun.