Maryland Police Pays $20 Million to Family of Man Killed While Handcuffed
William Green was killed after being shot six times by Cpl. Michael Owen of the Prince George’s County Police Department in Maryland on January 27.
Now Prince George’s County has agreed to pay the family of Green $20 million as of September 28. Owen has already been arrested and charged with murder.
Owen shot Green while he was handcuffed in Temple Hills, NBC news reports.
The original account from police said that they received a 911 call for the report of a male driver identified as Green who had struck multiple cars, and was found in his car sleeping. Owens responded to the call and acknowledged Green "appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance," court documents state.
Police say Green was handcuffed and placed in the front seat of Owen's police cruiser. Owen got into the driver's seat, with Green still handcuffed in the front seat, according to officials.
A struggle of some sort ensued and Owen fired several shots at Green while he was handcuffed. Green was taken to the United Medical Center, where he died.
In March, a county grand jury indicted Owen on charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter, assault, use of a handgun and misconduct in office, State's Attorney Aisha Braveboy said.
Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced the $ 20 million financial settlement this week. The county has been in mediation for the past few months with the Green family and its lawyers.
In 2011, the Prince George’s County Police Department placed Owen on administrative leave after he shot and killed a Black man, who police say had pointed a gun at Owen.