Baltimore Mayor Admits $6.4M Freddie Gray Payout Was to Prevent More Riots #blackliesmatter
The Mayor of Baltimore acknowledged in a press conference today that the taxpayer-funded $6.4 million dollar payout to the family of Freddie Gray was partly a measure to prevent further riots.
Baltimore was gripped by days of rioting at the end of April in response to the death of Gray, who died while in transport in a police vehicle. During the unrest, over 300 businesses were damaged and 27 stores looted, leading to the declaration of a state of emergency and the deployment of the National Guard.
“Faced with the prospect of significant legal expenses involved in an extended federal lawsuit as well as the potential liability that could come with an unfavorable jury verdict, our city’s attorneys came to the conclusion that the $6.4 million is in the best interest of protecting taxpayers,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.