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BALTIMORE (AP) — The latest on the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died after being injured while in the custody of Baltimore police.

12:15 p.m.

The attorney for the family of Freddie Gray is applauding the Baltimore mayor for helping spearhead a $6.4 million settlement with the family after Gray was fatally injured in police custody.

Attorney Billy Murphy said Wednesday that if a lawsuit had been filed, it could have taken years to play out in the courts. He says the settlement is civil justice for the Gray family.

Murphy also says the mayor has pledged to start a pilot program where police in the Western District neighborhood, where Gray was arrested, will wear body cameras. He says the cameras will help drastically reduce police misconduct as well as frivolous complaints from citizens.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the Western District will be the first in Baltimore to try body cameras.

The mayor earlier had promised to start a body-camera pilot program by the end of the year. On Wednesday, she pledged a two-month test “as soon as possible” in the Western District. Murphy believes it may begin next month.


10:25 a.m.

Baltimore’s mayor says the $6.4 million settlement between the city and the family in the death of Freddie Gray is meant to bring closure and avoid years of protracted litigation.

On Wednesday morning, shortly after the approval of the settlement was announced, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said, “I again want to extend my most sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Freddie Gray … I hope that this settlement will bring some measure of closure to his family and to his friends.”

Rawlings-Blake also acknowledged that a settlement before criminal proceedings is unusual but said it’s in the best interest of protecting taxpayers. She said negotiations lasted for months.

Gray was a 25-year-old black man who died a week after he was critically injured while in police custody.


9:50 a.m.

The Baltimore city board has unanimously approved a $6.4 million settlement between the city and the family of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died a week after he was critically injured while in police custody.

The approval came Wednesday morning, just a day before Judge Barry Williams will decide whether the trials for six officers charged in Gray’s death should be moved to a different jurisdiction. Defense attorneys have asked for a change of venue, citing pre-trial publicity and concern that the officers won’t get fair trials if they’re tried in Baltimore.

The settlement appears to be among the largest such payments in police death cases in recent years.

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6 thoughts on “UPDATE: Attorney For Freddie Gray Family Applauds Mayor

  1. So liability hasn’t even been established no one’s been convicted of negligence or wrong doing and Baltimore officials are doling out checks like lottery payouts, at the
    expense of city tax payers, well residents of B-more you get the government you deserve

  2. reflections on said:

    The taxpayers both black and white pay massive amounts in damages for police murder and brutality. On top of that the taxpayers are forced to continue paying the salaries and benefits for the criminal police officers when caught breaking the law. Thanks to the police unions and the FOP. What a system! The police should be forced to have liability insurance to pay the victims of there crimes. 800 americans have been killed by the police nationwide and the police are untouchable.

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