The family of an unarmed man who committed suicide after a bizarre traffic traffic stop with a Baltimore police officer recently filed a civil lawsuit under Maryland’s Declaration of Rights. The claim alleges wrongful death, assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and wrongful imprisonment.
Several defendants are named in the suit including the arresting officer, Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, former Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts and the Baltimore Police Department, and the Baltimore City Council. The lawsuit seeks over $12 million in punitive damages and more than $4 million in compensatory damages for the family.
The tragic case began with a simple traffic stop in February 2015. The deceased, after being pulled over for a traffic violation, exited his vehicle and appeared to move towards the office, according to limited security footage. For reasons unexplained, the office proceeded to shoot the decedent four times and utilize a taser to restrain the man.
The victim survived the brutal encounter with police and was placed under police custody while recovering in an area hospital. During that time he was unable to meet with attorneys or his family.
The lawsuit alleges the victim took his own life after experiencing severe trauma, shame, and humiliation while in police custody. Attorneys for the deceased’s family allege the man took his own life in an attempt to avoid further the emotional distress of returning to the hospital for treatment.
Although The Cochran Firm, D.C. is not representing any of the parties in the wrongful death lawsuit against the Baltimore city government, our firm regularly represents the legal interests of victims and their families harmed by police brutality. As a law firm committed to civil rights and justice, The Cochran Firm, D.C. will continue to actively monitor the situation and provide timely updates.
If you or someone you know were severely mistreated by police in Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, D.C. or Virginia, contact The Cochran Firm, D.C. for a free legal consultation about your case.