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The city of Baltimore will pay the family of Freddie Gray a $6.4 million civil settlement to be approved tomorrow (Sept. 9), during a fiscal spending meeting. The multi-million dollar settlement is bigger than the combined sum of more than 120 police brutality and misconduct suits brought against the city’s police department in the last four years.

Gray’s family is expected to receive the payments in two portions, with the first payment of $2.8 million going out during the current fiscal year, and the remaining $3.6 million the next year.

Reports the Baltimore Sun:

The city is accepting all civil liability in Gray’s arrest and death, but does not acknowledge any wrongdoing by the police, according to a statement from Rawlings-Blake’s administration.

“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,” the mayor 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 and potentially cost taxpayers many millions more in damages.”

Under the proposed settlement, the city would pay $2.8 million during the current fiscal year and $3.6 million in next year, the city said.

By entering into a settlement, the city would avoid a public lawsuit that could have played out in court. In such city settlements, a clause has stated that both sides cannot talk publicly about the case.

A multimillion-dollar wrongful death settlement is rare in Baltimore. Only six payouts since 2011 exceeded $200,000 in the more than 120 police brutality-related claims. In all of those payouts, settlements came months or years after legal wrangling in court battles.

Gray, 25, died in police custody in April, which led to protests in Baltimore. The six officers involved in Gray’s arrest face charges ranging from assault to murder, and have all pleaded not guilty.

Photo: Gray Family

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