A state board in Maryland approved a $400,000 settlement on Wednesday in the case of a Baltimore man who died during a struggle with police, and a second settlement with the city could bring the total amount of compensation to $1 million.
The Board of Public Works approved the settlement for Tyrone West's family. Tawanda Jones, West's sister who has held weekly demonstrations, dubbed West Wednesday's, since her brother's 2013 death to raise awareness about Baltimore police practices, has scheduled a news conference Wednesday evening.
A $600,000 settlement will be brought before Baltimore officials next month, A. Dwight Pettit, a family attorney, said. The money will go to West's three children, he said.
"We are very pleased that the state has done its share, and now we're waiting for the city to do its part," Pettit said.