The family of an African American man killed by a US police officer is to receive $20 million in a civil settlement, their lawyer announced Monday.
In one of the largest such settlements ever in the US, Prince George’s County in the state of Maryland will make the payment to the family of William Green, who was shot dead while handcuffed earlier this year.
Green was arrested on January 27 in Prince George’s County, which borders the US capital Washington, after allegedly hitting several other cars with his own.
While 43-year-old Green was handcuffed and sitting in the police car, he was allegedly shot six times by the officer, Michael Owen.
Owen, who is also black, had said the two struggled and that Green attempted to take his gun.
Investigators have dismissed his claim and he was fired and charged with murder.