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

Korryn Gaines 23 was fatally shot by a Baltimore County police officer in 2016 Lawsuit against Baltimore County Police now seeks $42 million in civil damages
Bennie Garza | 17 February, 2018, 09:11

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. They also say Baltimore County police were reckless, irresponsible and violated her rights by illegally entering her apartment.

"Korryn is smiling today".

The officer, Royce Ruby, took the stand during the trial. "She got her day in court", said J. Wyndal Gordon, the attorney for the Gaines family.

According to a WBAL-TV report, jurors ruled that Baltimore County Police Officer Royce Ruby acted unreasonably when he opened fire on Gaines, who had barricaded herself in an apartment and fired a weapon at officers.

Gaines was shot and killed, and her now 6-year-old son Kodi was injured after a daylong standoff with Baltimore County police that began when officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant. By any account, this was a tragic situation.

Attorneys for the county and Ruby, will be presented Friday.

Baltimore County government attorney Mike Field issued a statement afterward saying the county was disappointed with the decision and was reviewing all options, including a possible appeal.

Kenneth Ravenell, the attorney for Kodi's father Corey Cunningham, said the youngster didn't deserve to be shot and then watch his mother die.

Ruckle blamed Gaines for her own death for pointing the shotgun at Ruby, according to the Baltimore Sun.

The case garnered national attention, with some activists citing it as an instance of excessive police force, the newspaper reported.

But the plaintiffs argued that six officers said under oath that they were not in Gaines' line of fire and never felt unsafe.

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

He said that Ruby was in danger because his arms, legs, and face were not covered by the protective gear: "The body armor is not the total protection that the plaintiffs want you to believe". The bulk of the money will go to Kodi and Gaines' daughter.

In September 2016, Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger said no criminal charges would be filed against the officers involved.

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