Family of Terrence Sterling reaches a settlement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced Wednesday that the District has reached a $3.5 million settlement with family of the late Terrence Sterling.

Officials say the agreement resolves a lawsuit the family filed against the District in the 2016 shooting death at the hands of a Metropolitan Police Department officer.

Sterling, 31, was shot and killed Officer Brian Trainer in the early hours of September 11, 2016.

Police said they had been on the lookout for a motorcyclist driving erratically and attempted to stop Sterling, who was riding a motorcycle, near 3rd St. NW and M St. NW.

Police said that Trainer shot Sterling after Sterling rammed his motorcycle into the police cruiser.

Shortly after, the family filed a $50 million civil lawsuit, claiming police blocked Sterling with the cruiser, which is violation of a general order. It goes to claim that this made a collision unavoidable.

It also stated that Officer Trainer used excessive force.

In her statement, Mayor Bowser said, in part, “When something bad happens, we keep the public’s trust by looking into what went wrong and taking steps to make things right…This settlement is a step in that direction.”