(USA Today) – Baltimore to pay family of Freddie Gray $6.4M

< Baltimore City police officers lift activist Kwame Rose off the ground while arresting him during a demonstration at the Inner Harbor September 2, 2015 in Baltimore.(Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)[/caption]

The city of Baltimore has reached a $6.4 million settlement in a lawsuit filed by the family of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man black man who died in April after suffering a neck injury while in police custody.

The settlement is expected to be approved Wednesday at a meeting of the city’s Board of Estimates, which oversees city spending, the mayor’s office said.

“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 in a statement. “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.”

The mayor’s office said the city would pay $2.8 million to Gray’s family in the fiscal year that began July 1, with the balance being paid in the following fiscal year.

Last week a judge ruled that the six police officers charged in connection with Gray’s death can be tried separately.

The six officers have pleaded not guilty to charges ranging from false imprisonment to involuntary manslaughter. Gray died of a severe neck injury after being handcuffed and restrained inside a police vehicle April 12.

Gray’s death triggered widespread protests, accompanied by looting and arson in Baltimore, and prompted a national outcry.

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