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Prince George’s Co. to pay $20 million to family of man killed by police

Posted at 2:44 PM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 14:58:15-04

DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Md. — Prince George’s County on Monday announced a $20 million settlement with the family of William Green.

Back on January 27, police arrested Green after he was suspected of crashing into several cars while impaired.

A handcuffed Green was put in the front seat of Corporal Michael Owen's police car.

Shortly afterwards seven gunshots rang out, and Green was dead.

Initially police officials said witnesses reported a struggle inside the car.

Owen claimed Green tried to disarm him, but investigators could find no evidence of that.

Less than 24-hours later, Owen was arrested and charged with murder.

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“This settlement in no way makes up for the loss experienced by Mr. Green’s mother, children and family,” said Alsobrooks. “However, when we are wrong, and we need to take responsibility, we will. When we need to make reforms in our police department, we will; and in circumstances where we must defend our department, we will.”

Green's family was represented by the law firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy.