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Baltimore spending panel to consider $75K police settlement

The Baltimore City Board of Estimates will consider a $75,000 settlement Wednesday with a woman who alleged her leg was broken after a police officer shoved a man into her while conducting an arrest.

Patricia Jones filed suit in November 2014 alleging assault, battery, civil conspiracy and violations of the Maryland Declaration of Rights in connection with an incident that took place in eight months earlier, according to a memorandum prepared for the city spending panel.

Police responded to a fight between two females at a North Port Street residence and arrived to find a woman heavily intoxicated and shouting obscenities. The first officer to respond warned the woman to cease her conduct then advised her she was under arrest.

According to the memorandum, the woman became confrontational and a man who was in the residence began interfering with the arrest. Jones, who was also present, claims a second officer on the scene shoved the man into her. Injuries to Jones’ leg required surgery.

The officer denied shoving anyone but admits he may have moved the man at some point during the incident.

The settlement is proposed because of “conflicting factual issues, objective injuries, and given the uncertainties and unpredictability of jury verdicts,” according to the memorandum.

Jones is represented by Iamele & Iamele in Baltimore, according to electronic court files. The officer is represented by Michael Marshall and Chaz Ball of Schlachman, Belsky & Weiner P.A. in Baltimore.

The case is Patricia Jones v. Officer Dean Rogers et al., 24C14006410.

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