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Baltimore Agrees To $6.4 Million Settlement With Freddie Gray’s Parents


By Hunter Wallace

In Baltimore, crime really does pay

“Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s decision to pay Freddie Gray’s family a $6.4 million civil settlement drew praise and criticism Tuesday, with some Baltimore leaders saying the move will help heal the city and others calling it premature.

Former Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke said the settlement — expected to be approved Wednesday by the city’s spending panel — was a “very positive development for the city.”

“The mayor and her staff are trying to do all they can to heal the wounds in the community, and this is a step in the right direction,” said Schmoke, president of the University of Baltimore. “This settlement will give some people in the community at least some sense of justice.” …

Lt. Gene Ryan, president of the police union, called the settlement a “ridiculous reaction” by Rawlings-Blake and urged the Board of Estimates to reject it.

“Just as Baltimore is returning to its pre-riot normalcy, this news threatens to interrupt any progress made toward restoring the relationship between the members of the Baltimore Police Department and the Baltimore City government,” Ryan said in a statement.

Police leaders also had concerns about the settlement.”

What a bargain.

So, let’s review: Freddie Gray, who lived off a lead paint settlement and had a history of injuring himself in “cash for crash schemes,” kills himself in an accident while in police custody. The #BlackLivesMatter crowd screams “racism” and responds by burning down large swathes of Baltimore. This leads to the indictment of six police officers – the officer who was driving and who allegedly gave Freddie Gray a “rough ride” is black – which sparks an unprecedented crime wave that has taken a horrendous toll on black lives. And as the cherry on top, Baltimore drops a cool $6 million into the bank account of Freddie Gray’s parents.

How long can a city which rewards such destructive behavior realistically continue?