Baltimore approved $6.4 million settlement for Freddie Gray’s family

In this April 27, 2015, file photo, family members of Freddie Gray, sister Fredricka Gray, left, mother Gloria Darden, center, and stepfather Richard Shipley listen during a news conference after a day of unrest following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Gray's parents reached a tentative $6.4 million settlement with the city of Baltimore. The deal, announced Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, appeared to be among the largest settlements in police death cases in recent years and happened just days before a judge is set to decide whether to move a trial for six officers charged in Gray's death. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

BALTIMORE (AP) – The Baltimore city board that oversees spending 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.

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