Terrence Sterling's Family Reaches $3.5 Million Settlement with D.C.

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By the Web Editors 2-21-2018
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The family of Terrence Sterling, an unarmed black motorcyclist who was fatally shot by a D.C. police officer on September 2016, has reached a $3.5 million settlement with the D.C. government, according to WUSA.

In December 2016, Sterling's family filed a $50 million civil lawsuit against the District for the unjustified death of Sterling by Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Officer Brian Trainer following a chase in the District. 

"In the tragic death of Terrence Sterling, a family lost a beloved son and brother, and thus we have a duty to bring some sense of closure to his family," D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement. "This settlement is a step in that direction. We can never say or do anything to bring Terrence back. But we can, and do, resolve to illuminate what went wrong and, with great determination, do what we can to ensure no family faces this pain."

"Mr. Sterling’s death was a tragedy. We resolve to redouble our efforts to promote public safety and trust between police officers and the communities they protect in the District. While no amount of money can replace the life of a loved one, we are pleased that the parties in this case were able to come to a resolution," Attorney General Karl A. Racine said in a statement. 

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