Race riot victim's kin to get $2 million
YORK, Pennsylvania (AP) -- The children and sisters of a black woman who was killed during race riots in this central Pennsylvania city 36 years ago will share in a $2 million settlement announced Tuesday by York city officials.
The deal would settle the lawsuit that Lillie Belle Allen's family filed against the city and five former police officers.
It also calls for the creation of a memorial to Allen and Henry Schaad, a white city policeman who also was shot to death during 10 days of rioting in the summer of 1969.
"I thank God we've finally come to closure," said Hattie Dickson of York, one of Allen's sisters, who joined other family members and city officials at a news conference.
York Mayor John Brenner apologized to Allen's family.
"We are very sorry for your loss, and I know no monetary settlement and no community dialogue will bring back Lillie Belle Allen," he said.
The case had been scheduled to go to trial in April.
The settlement, to be paid by city taxpayers, still must be approved by the five-member city council, which was scheduled to take a vote Tuesday night.
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