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Advocate: Baton Rouge council offering $2.5 million settlement in Alton Sterling wrongful death lawsuit

Posted at 7:46 PM, Nov 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-14 20:46:52-05

East Baton Route Metro lawyers are offering to settle a wrongful death lawsuit with the family of Alton Sterling for $2.5 million, weeks after the city-parish council rejected a $5 million settlement, The Advocate reports.

According to the paper's anonymous source, the offer was made this week after it was approved by a committee within the Parish Attorney's office. The settlement needs to be approved by a majority of the Metro Council and will likely be discussed at its meeting scheduled for December 9.

The 12-member council fell one vote short of the majority needed to approve the previously proposed $5 million settlement on Wednesday of this week.

The case continues towards a March 2021 trial in the wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of Sterling's five children.

Sterling, 37, was shot six times on July 5, 2016, in a confrontation with Baton Rouge Police.

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