The family of David Woodman, the young man who died in the custody of Boston police after being arrested during celebrations over the Celtics' 2008 NBA title, announced today they have settled a lawsuit with the city for $3 million.
"This is not a satisfactory resolution; rather, it reflects our choice not to allow anger to affect our family any further,'' Woodman's parents said in the statement.
The family said they will create a foundation to honor the memory of their son, a former Emmanuel College student.
"David was active within Boston, tutoring young students and being a friend to those who lived on the streets. He cared deeply about people who are poor, homeless or looked down on by society,'' the parents said. "The foundation started in his name will continue David’s work by providing empathy, compassion and support to people who are often ignored in this world."
William Sinnott, the chief lawyer for the city, said in a statement that the settlement was reached "after a full consideration" of all the factors involved.
"I believe this resolution, in which there is no admission of liability by any party, is a fair and responsible resolution of this tragedy, avoids protracted and painful litigation, and in my opinion, is in the best interest of the city, the Woodman family, and the officers who were involved in his arrest,'' Sinnott said.
The Globe reported last November that an independent panel found there was a "lack of supervision" and other "missteps" by Boston police in the Woodman case, but also found that none of the mistakes contributed to his death.
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