It might be cruel to say, but some people are worth more dead than alive.
The taxpayers of Baltimore are left holding the bag to the tune of $6.4 MILLION for Freddie Gray’s wrongful death.
Do you really think this 25-year-old drug dealer’s earning potential was $100,000 over the next 64 years?
For the record, looking at the time value of money over 64 years, that $6.4 million is around $50 million in 2079 year dollars.
The amount is greater than the total of all 120 cases of police brutality and misconduct against the city of Baltimore since 2011. The state of Maryland has a cap on such lawsuits, but local authorities can authorize higher settlements. The current cap, signed by Republican Governor Larry Hogan this past April, is $400,000. In all 120 cases, the settlement came after lawsuits were filed and months after legal wrangling.
In the Gray case, no lawsuit had even been filed. That’s because of race pimping. The threat of violence will cause “the man” to have to pay the people. The people, in this case, are the family of Freddie Gray.
Under the terms of the settlement, the City of Baltimore accepts all civil liability in the death of Gray. According to a statement from Baltimore Democratic Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in The Baltimore Sun, she states the city is not acknowledging wrongdoing by the police:
“’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,’ her statement said. ‘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.’”
And of course the mayor would like to avoid The Burning of Baltimore, the Sequel.
The settlement comes as Rawlings-Blake had been considering a run for re-election against several prominent members of her own party. We’ve since learned that Rawlings-Blake has decided NOT to run. This decision would have been a big problem for her, as it will be impossible to keep the natives from getting restless, if the police are not publicly lynched.
Many people will perceive this settlement as the city admitting the officers are guilty. Let’s face it: perception is powerful.
According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, the police union is furious:
“Lt. Gene Ryan, president of the city’s police union, criticized the proposed agreement. He said the notion that there is any reason to settle while criminal charges against the officers are pending ‘is obscene and without regard to the fiduciary responsibility owed to the taxpaying citizens of the city.’”
Let’s hope these officers can get a fair trial now that the bounty has been paid.