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City to settle with former officer for $228K

The Baltimore City Board of Estimates on Wednesday is set to approve a $228,000 settlement with a former police officer who filed an administrative complaint against the Baltimore Police Department with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights.

Oksana O. Brown was hired as a police officer in October 2010, according to a city employee salary database for fiscal 2011. She was employed through at least June 30, 2011 but not after June 30, 2012, according to the database.

City Solicitor George A. Nilson said Brown’s complaint stemmed from an incident that happened while she was a trainee but he declined to comment further because it was a personnel matter.

Spencer Dove, a spokesman for the Commission on Civil Rights, said he could neither confirm nor deny Brown filed a complaint. The commission, formerly known as the Maryland Human Rights Commission, investigates complaints of discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations under several state laws.

There is no record of Brown’s complaint advancing to either state or U.S. District Court, according to online court records.

In a separate case, the spending panel is set to approve a $9,523.20 settlement with a West Baltimore Street property owner whose buildings were demolished after a 2012 fire.

Milton Kaplan was negotiating the sale of 1211 W. Baltimore St. when fire struck the adjacent building at 1213, according to his lawsuit, filed in Baltimore City Circuit Court last April. Kaplan alleged water damage from city fire hoses “made it impossible to contemplate rehabilitating” 1211 and 1209 W. Baltimore St., which he also owned, according to the lawsuit. Kaplan had the buildings demolished, according to the lawsuit.

Kaplan sought $31,000 in damages from the city not consulting him about the cost of demolishing 1213 W. Baltimore St., which was done the same day of the fire, and then building a foundation wall to support 1211 W. Baltimore St.

Lawyers for the city countered Kaplan said in a deposition a deal to sell 1211 W. Baltimore St. fell apart more than a year before the fire. Kaplan also admitted during deposition that the city did not start the fire as part of an effort to “condemn without compensation,” according to court documents.