Settlement approved in Tyrone West death lawsuit

Posted at 9:36 AM, Jul 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-27 07:17:51-04

A Maryland board has approved a $400,000 settlement in the case of a Baltimore man who died during a struggle with police.

The Board of Public Works approved the settlement for Tyrone West's family on Wednesday.

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Family attorney A. Dwight Pettit says a separate $600,000 settlement will be brought before Baltimore officials next month. 

Officers stopped the 44-year-old in July 2013 for a traffic violation. Police said they noticed a bulge in his sock and when officers tried to inspect it, West started running.

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Officers chased him and a struggle ensued. An official autopsy said West died of a heart condition during the struggle. But the family disputed the cause of death and commissioned an autopsy review that concluded West died because he was unable to breathe while restrained.

West’s sister, Tawanda Jones, has been holding protests every Wednesday night since her brother’s death. West died on a Wednesday in 2013.

ABC2 News contributed to this report.