Baltimore County jury awards $37M to family of police shooting victim

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A jury returned a verdict Friday of more than $37 million against Baltimore County, Maryland, in a civil lawsuit brought by the family and estate of a woman killed in an armed standoff with county police, according to the attorneys for the family of Korryn Gaines.

The police standoff involving Ms. Gaines occurred in Randallstown on August 1, 2016, and lasted several hours. On the morning of August 1, 2016, officers went to Korryn's apartment to serve her with an arrest warrant on charges of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and multiple traffic violations.

Ravenell called Ruby's decision to fire 'reckless'.

The civil suit decision awarded more than US$32 million (NZ$43 million) to Kodi, US$4.5 million (NZ$6 million) to his toddler sister, Karsyn, and almost US$1 million (NZ$1.35 million) among Gaines' parents and estate, court documents said.

Gaines' family and attorneys expressed relief that the jury sided with them and found the shooting was wrong, though some said they were frustrated Ruby remains on the police force.

Her then 5-year-old son was shot twice, hit in the arm and cheek, but survived.

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Mike Field, an attorney for Baltimore County said the county, "is reviewing all of its options, including an appeal".

"A mother died, a child was unintentionally injured, and police officers were placed in mortal danger". By any account, this was a tragic situation.

Attorneys for Baltimore County and Ruby argued that Ruby fired because he feared for his life and his teammates' lives. He declined to comment further. Gaines' mother and father were awarded $307,000 and $300,000 respectively; the Gaines' estate was awarded another $300,000.

"What we want is constitutional policing".

Since the incident, the county police department has expanded body camera wear for its officers, and in 2017 began training for incidents involving people with mental health.

Police retreated to the hallway, and Gaines' fiance, Courtney, ran from the apartment with a one-year-old girl, authorities said.

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Gaines was one of 962 other Americans killed by police in 2016, according to an analysis by The Washington Post.

"Gaines was shot in the back by Officer Royce Ruby, as he aimed at an area through the wall where he believed the back of her head would be-from behind a brick wall in an adjacent apartment". He asked the jury to hold Baltimore County and Ruby accountable to the tune of $32 million plus punitive damages.

"Gaines' son was shot in the face by the same bullet that entered Gaines' back, pierced her lungs bilaterally, traveled through her spine, then exited her body, ricocheting off the refrigerator, and ultimately striking and embedding in her son's face", Gordon continued.

Gaines' death came as controversy mounted over police shootings of African-Americans around the country, including the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014 and Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina, the following year.

Speaking outside the courthouse on Friday (Saturday NZT), Kareem Courtney, Gaines' boyfriend and Karsyn's father, said taxpayers will bear the burden of the award, not Ruby.

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