"One of the best decisions I had ever made"
- Joseph Lugo
A brief recap, Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury while he was transported in a Baltimore police van in April of this year. His death sparked days of massive protests throughout Baltimore, and in the hours after his funeral, the city erupted into rioting, looting and arson. As a result of all the chaos, The National Guard was called in to help restore order, and officials issued a citywide curfew for residents.
Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby stated Gray’s injury were sustained from him being handcuffed and shackled and not secured in a seat belt in the police van.
The six officers involved in Gray’s arrest and transport have been charged with crimes ranging from assault to murder and all have pleaded not guilty.
While those who felt the payout was premature, the panel claimed the decision to settle with the family was based on the projected high cost of fighting an anticipated civil suit that could end up costing the taxpayers heavily and play out over years to come.
This settlement does not admit guilt or a judgment against the six officers charged in the death of Gray. “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,” explained Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
“We can avoid years and years of protracted civil litigation,” Mayor Rawlings-Blake said, which would be a “significant expense.”