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

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.

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

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