A council in Charleston County, South Carolina, on Tuesday approved $ 10 million in the death of Jamal Sutherland, a black man who died after being sprayed with pepper and electronically fitted with a prison cell device earlier this year.
A vote to approve the $ 10 million payment at a meeting Tuesday night had unanimously agreed, reports NBC's WCBD in Charleston.
"I am very happy that it was a unanimous decision to do the right thing by the Sutherland family," Council Chairman Teddie Pryor said at the online conference.
"We know that there is no amount of money that will bring back their loved one, but I think this starts the recovery process," Pryor said.
Sutherland, 31, died on January 5. He was arrested the day before the war after a fight at a psychiatric hospital where he was being treated for mental illness.
In prison, the deputies tried to get him out of the cell so that he could be held on bail.
Video shows two deputies outside Sutherland's cell. The man is using the Taser and seems to be using it repeatedly as Sutherland cries out in pain and rolls down.
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Two officers of the sheriff, a sergeant and a detective deputy, who were involved in the incident have been fired.
A lawyer for Sutherland's family did not immediately return a request for comment Tuesday night.
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There have been protests and criminal appeals over Sutherland's death.
Last week Ninth Circuit Attorney Scarlett Wilson said an investigation into ongoing criminal cases was ongoing.
An orthopedic surgeon said Sutherland died "as a result of a medical condition," Wilson said in a statement.
The pathologist also said that his review of the extermination process did not reveal any "unusual or excessive contact or areas of direct concern," Wilson said.
Wilson said the pathologist's findings raised questions and sought a second opinion.