DC To Pay $3.5M To Family Of Unarmed Black Motorcyclist Shot, Killed By Cop

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 3: A stuffed teddy bear hangs on a street sign during a candlelight vigil and rally for Terrence Sterling on October 3, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Sterling, of Ft. Washington, Md., was fatally ... WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 3: A stuffed teddy bear hangs on a street sign during a candlelight vigil and rally for Terrence Sterling on October 3, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Sterling, of Ft. Washington, Md., was fatally shot by D.C. Police while on his motorcycle at 3rd and M Streets NW. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 22, 2018 10:38 a.m.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The District of Columbia has reached a $3.5 million settlement with the family of an unarmed black motorcyclist who was shot and killed by a Metropolitan Police Department officer during an attempted arrest for reckless driving.

News outlets report the settlement follows a December 2017 report from a police review board that found the 2016 shooting of 31-year-old Terrence Sterling “unjustified.” The U.S. Attorney’s office had cleared Officer Brian Trainer of criminal wrongdoing in summer.

Sterling’s family’s attorney Hassan Murphy says the review board’s findings marked a “dramatic turn” in the wrongful-death lawsuit.

Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement Wednesday that the city has sought to “illuminate what went wrong” and bring closure.

This is the largest settlement the city’s paid in a fatal shooting by a police officer.

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