$1.25M settlement reached in inmate's alleged beating death

AP News
Posted: Jun 29, 2015 1:07 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The family of a Rikers Island inmate who allegedly was fatally beaten by jail guards four years ago has settled a lawsuit against New York City for $1.25 million.

But Angel Ramirez family attorney Scott Rynecki said Monday criminal charges still should be pursued.

The 50-year-old Ramirez died of numerous blunt-impact injuries, including a ruptured spleen. Investigators found he was going through heroin withdrawal in 2011 when he was dragged by guards to an area without surveillance cameras after a confrontation with another guard.

Bronx prosecutors have said they investigated the death but didn't believe they could prove criminal homicide beyond a reasonable doubt.

A Law Department spokeswoman said in a statement the settlement is in the best interest of all parties.

The Daily News first reported the settlement.