A $6.4 million dollar wrongful death settlement is now pending with the City of Baltimore, in an attempt to resolve the civil case involving six Baltimore police officers involved with the death of Freddie Gray. The charges stemmed from Gray’s arrest, in which Gray was critically injured, leading to his death.
Fox News reports that the settlement is in need of review from the board that reviews city spending. They will meet on the issue Wednesday. In a news release, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blank says that the settlement should not be viewed as a statement of guilt or innocence of the officers, but rather that the settlement 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.”
The Baltimore Police Department’s staff of public affairs has been ordered to speak about the settlement. Questions are being directed to the solicitor’s office.
It was initially reported that at the time of his arrest, Freddie Gray was carrying a knife. Under a city ordinance, carrying a knife is entirely legal. This was argued by prosecutors. Defense attorneys state that the knife in question is a switchblade, which is illegal by both state and city law. This is a key argument in the pending trial.
All of the officers are being charged with reckless endangerment, second-degree assault, and misconduct in office. Three face manslaughter charges, and Officer Caesar Goodson faces a second-degree depraved heart murder charge.