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Lawsuit against Baltimore County Police now seeks $42 million in civil damages

Lawsuit against Baltimore County Police now seeks $42 million in civil damages”

A jury in Maryland awarded more than $37 million on Friday to the family of a woman who was fatally shot in her home by a police officer after a six-hour standoff in 2016.

The jury of six women found that the first shot from the police officer who fired at Gaines, killing her and injuring her then-5-year-old son, Kodi, was not reasonable, and therefore violated their civil rights under state and federal statutes.

Over past couple of weeks, the dollar amount that was reportedly sought by attorneys representing the family of Korryn Gaines, was $4 million. Rhonda Dormeus, Gaines' mother emotionally addressed the media moments ago.

"A mother died, a child was unintentionally injured, and police officers were placed in mortal danger".

Shortly after the verdict came down, Baltimore County Attorney Mike Field issued the following statement.

"I think there were enough officers, on the significant points, they were consistent that everybody was safe", Gordon said. "She got her day in court", said J. Wyndal Gordon, the attorney for the Gaines family.

The county may appeal the verdict. "Dead", the county attorney said.

A county attorney said the civil case "is all about the money".

Officer Ruby did not face criminal or departmental charges, and has since been promoted to corporal.

"Korryn Gaines started it".

On Friday, Assistant County Attorney James S. Ruckle Jr. used his closing statement to walk jurors through the events preceding the shooting. Officers discovered Gaines pointing a shotgun at the first officer who entered her apartment to serve her with an arrest warrant related to a traffic stop, prosecutors said. "It's a sad situation what happened, and I'm very glad the jury came back and saw what was going on in that courtroom was't right, and what happened August 1 wasn't right either", Korryn Gaines' father, Corey Cunningham, said.

"What Cpl. Ruby was doing was attempting to end, terminate the threat", Ruckle said.

Some activists cited the case as an example of excessive police force against people of color. The 5-year-old will receive the bulk of the money from the wrongful death lawsuit.

The family does say they would still like to see Officer Ruby fired, however.

"For Kodi, it means a lot", Corey Cunningham, Gaines' father, said. "This is a great day", said Ken Ravenell, attorney for Kodi Gaines. "What parent puts their kid in front of a shotgun?"

But Kenneth Ravenell, who represents Kodi, said that Ruby's decision to shoot was "reckless".



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