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Korryn Gaines, 23, fatally shot by police in Baltimore, MD

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by walkie-talkie, Aug 2, 2016.

  1. walkie-talkie

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    Delving into the investigative files of the Korryn Gaines case

    BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Korryn Gaines was shot and killed by police, ending an hours-long standoff at her Randallstown apartment.

    The Baltimore County State’s Attorney said the shooting was justified. Gaines’ family sued the county.

    FOX45 obtained a copy of the investigative file of the case, providing new details on Gaines’ interaction with police.

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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Civil trial scheduled for 2018 in lawsuit filed by Korryn Gaines' family

    A 10-day jury trial has been scheduled for next year in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the family of Korryn Gaines.

    At a scheduling conference in Baltimore County Circuit Court on Friday, the trial was set for Feb. 5, 2018, according to lawyers representing the family and the county.

    Gaines, 23, was shot and killed by a county tactical officer, Royce Ruby Jr., during a standoff at her Randallstown apartment in August. Ruby also shot Gaines' 5-year-old son when he fired at Gaines.

    The lawsuit names four defendants – the county, Ruby, and two other county police officers, John Dowell and Allen Griffin.

    Dowell and Griffin initially went to the apartment to serve warrants on Gaines and her fiance, Kareem Courtney.

    County prosecutors filed no criminal charges against any officers in the shooting.

    The county has declined to comment on the pending litigation.

  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Attorneys for Korryn Gaines' 6-year-old son file new claims against Baltimore County police

    Attorneys for the 6-year-old son of Korryn Gaines are disputing key details in the Baltimore County Police Department’s account of the fatal shooting of the Randallstown woman last year.

    Lawyers for the son, Kodi, said Tuesday that Gaines, 23, was not pointing her shotgun at police when Royce Ruby Jr., a county tactical officer, shot her with an assault rifle from the hallway outside her apartment following Gaines’ hours-long standoff with police in August 2016.

    “There was this … suggestion that Korryn Gaines was pointing her weapon at police officers at the time she was shot,” said attorney Kenneth Ravenell, who represents Kodi. “That is just not true.”

    Ravenell and other attorneys laid out new claims on behalf of Kodi in an amended lawsuit filed Tuesday in Baltimore County Circuit Court.

    When Ruby fired at Gaines, he also twice hit Kodi, then 5 years old, according to the complaint — first when he shot from the hallway through drywall at Gaines, and then when he shot her in the kitchen.

    The first shot hit Kodi in the face; the second his elbow, Ravenell said. The child was standing “at his mother’s hip,” he said.

    “He’s going to remember that he watched his mother be gunned down in his presence,” Ravenell said. “That’s what this 6-year-old will have to live with for the rest of his life.”

    A civil trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 30 in Baltimore County Circuit Court.

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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    KORRYN GAINES TRIAL | Son brought to court

    The seventh day of the civil trial against Baltimore County police in the shooting death of Korryn Gaines focused on Gaines’ surviving son, Kodi.

    Kodi’s paternal grandmother took the stand Wednesday, describing the trauma, nightmares, and mood swings he experienced since the Aug. 1, 2016 incident that killed his mother and wounded him. Kodi Gaines was shot in the arm and face during the standoff.

    Lawyers for the Gaines family brought Kodi into court Wednesday afternoon to show his injuries to the jury.

    Baltimore County psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Siebert testified Wednesday Kodi was diagnosed with multiple traumatic disorders.

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  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Jury awards more than $37M to family of Korryn Gaines in civil case against Baltimore County

    A Baltimore County jury on Friday awarded more than $37 million in damages in the civil lawsuit brought by the family of Korryn Gaines, the 23-year-old Randallstown woman who was shot and killed by county police after a six-hour standoff in 2016.

    The jury of six women said the first shot fired by Cpl. Royce Ruby 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.

    The jury awarded more than $32 million to Kodi in damages, and $4.5 million for his sister, Karsyn.

    The jury took less than three hours to reach its verdict against Ruby and the Baltimore County government.

    Kenneth Ravenell, the attorney for Kodi’s father, Corey Cunningham, said they were “blessed” that the jury “quickly, swiftly returned a justified verdict on behalf of a child who was victimized by Officer Royce Ruby.”

    Cunningham said the financial award will help Kodi, now 6, “get the help that he needs.”

    While Gaines’ family and attorneys expressed relief the jury agreed with them and found the shooting was wrong, some said they were frustrated Ruby is still on the police force. Ruby was promoted last year from the rank of officer to corporal.

    “He should be going to jail for what he did,” said Gaines’ fiance, Kareem Courtney, outside the courthouse as he held daughter Karsyn on his hip.

    He said taxpayers will likely pay the damage awards related to Ruby’s actions — not Ruby himself.

    “He’s not going to pay. He’s going to go home to his family. My family has been destroyed. My daughter’s not going to know her mother,” Courtney said.

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  6. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Wow that's a huge award! And for the officer to still be working there? I'd love to have been able to sit in on that case.
  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Judge Rescinds $38 Million Award to Family of Maryland Woman Shot by Police

    A Baltimore County, Md., judge this week overturned a jury’s decision that granted more than $38 million to the family of a woman who was fatally shot by the police after an hourslong standoff that had been partly streamed live on Instagram.

    Almost exactly a year ago, a jury found that the first shot the officer had fired at Ms. Gaines was not reasonable and awarded damages on the grounds that the police had violated the Gaineses’ civil rights and had committed battery on the mother and son.

    But the decision on Thursday by the judge, Mickey J. Norman of Baltimore County Circuit Court, determined that the police officer who shot Ms. Gaines, Royce Ruby, was entitled to qualified immunity, a legal protection used to defend government officials from civil liability while they are acting in an official capacity. Critics of the doctrine have argued that it has denied justice to victims of abuse, especially when it is used in police shooting cases.

    In deciding that the protection applied to Officer Ruby, who is now a corporal, Judge Norman determined that the officer did not violate Ms. Gaines’s civil rights, as the family claimed.

    The judge also dismissed the claim that Officer Ruby committed battery against Kodi Gaines because it was not his intention to shoot the young boy. He wrote that a bullet fragment from the officer’s first shot struck Kodi’s cheek, but did not penetrate it.

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