Officer statements: Five of the six officers involved with Freddie Gray’s arrest have provided statements to investigators, Baltimore police said yesterday. Michael Davey, the officers’ attorney, said they had “completely cooperated with the investigation from Day 1.” He also said they didn’t need probable cause to arrest Gray, because he was in a high-crime area and ran from the police unprovoked. Gray’s death on Sunday — which came a week after his arrest, in which he suffered a severe spinal injury while in police custody — has sparked protests in Baltimore.
Final approval: A class action lawsuit settlement between the NFL and thousands of former players was given the final OK yesterday. The settlement provides up to $5 million per retired player for serious medical conditions related to repeated head trauma. It applies to players who retired on or before July 7, 2014, as well as the family members of players who died before then. More than 200 ex-players opted out of the settlement. They claimed the NFL only settled as a means of hiding the dangers of concussions. They can still sue the NFL separately.
BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING TRIAL
Heartbreaking: A proud police officer. A young couple in love. A “beautiful nerd.” This is how some of the victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing were described by family and friends yesterday, during a second day of victim impact statements. The jury is hearing the statements as it decides whether bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should live or die for his crimes. Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her leg in the bombing, talked about how happy she and her husband were as they stood at the finish line as the bombs went off and changed everything. Lingzi Lu’s aunt described the Boston University grad student as nerdy and beautiful. Lu was from China but is buried in Boston. Sean Collier’s stepfather said it took Collier’s mother months to gain the strength to climb out of bed after her son, an MIT police officer, was killed by Tsarnaev and his brother.
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