A man whose neck was broken during a 1997 arrest by Baltimore police has agreed to a $6 million settlement with the city, the Baltimore Sun reports. The city’s Board of Estimates is set to vote today on the settlement with Jeffrey Adrian Alston, 39, a quadriplegic receiving around-the-clock care at a nursing home. This year, a jury awarded him $39 million, but a payout could have been reduced or delayed by appeals.
The jury found that Baltimore police Sgt. Lewis Yamin and Officer Mark Warble caused the neck injuries that rendered Alston a quadriplegic. Yamin and Warble were not disciplined. The officers contended that Alston freed himself from a seat belt in a police van and repeatedly rammed his head into a plastic window that separates police from passengers.