Korryn Gaines Family Will File $4M Wrongful Death Suit Against Police

Last month, a Baltimore County police officer shot and killed Korryn Gaines while executing a search warrant. Newly released legal documents suggest that the Gaines family plans to sue the officer who killed her, as well as the county for $2 million each.

The suit claims that Baltimore police violated “Maryland Declaration of Rights Articles 10, 24, 26 {Suppression of Speech; Excessive Force; Gross Negligence (failure to train and failure to supervise)}; and Wrongful Death and Survival Action and other common law torts.”

“One day after the August 1st shooting, Police Chief James Johnson told reporters that Gaines pointed a shotgun at officers as she held her 5-year-old son prompting an officer to fire. Her family and an eyewitness dispute the department’s account of what happened in the seven-hour standoff.”

One such eyewitness was Ramone Coleman, Gaines’s next door neighbor. Coleman recalls Gaines telling Baltimore police officers to put their guns downs, and that she’d come out once they did. He also said that officers set up surveillance equipment in his home. In addition, right before shots were fired, Coleman heard an officer say “I’m sick of this s**t.”

As reported by PushBlack in a recent post, the police censored Gaines by having Facebook deactivate her account. Gaines’s family is arguing that the police “suppressed” her free speech under Maryland’s constitution.

Interested in reading the court documents? Click here.

Via Blavity

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