September 8, 2015
A settlement has been reached in the case of an innocent unarmed (besides an illegal knife) teen who was brutally murdered by White (also Black) cops when they drove a van wrong.
Freddie Gray was a career heroin dealer, and the family is expected to put the money back into this lucrative family business.
City officials have agreed to a $6.4 million settlement proposal with the family of Freddie Gray, whose death in April from spinal injuries he suffered while in police custody sparked protests and rioting.
The proposed settlement came just over a month before the first of the six Baltimore police officers charged in Mr. Gray’s death is scheduled to stand trial. The agreement doesn’t affect the criminal proceedings against the officers. The proposal still needs final approval from the city’s five-member spending panel, the Board of Estimates, which is slated to take up the matter Wednesday.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Tuesday that the agreement “should not be interpreted as a judgment on the guilt or innocence of the officers facing trial.” Charges against some officers include second-degree murder and manslaughter. All have pleaded not guilty.
Well, it seems to be a judgment that Gray was not responsible for his own death, despite the fact he was lawfully arrested and a witness says he was beating his own head against the wall of the police van “trying to injure himself.”
So “admitting” it was the city’s fault is obviously an accusation of guilt against the accused officers. Saying otherwise just sounds insane.
How making this type of settlement, which will clearly have an effect on the trial, before the trial, is even legal is unclear.
But very little is clear these days, so don’t think too hard on it.