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Man arrested by Baltimore police during unrest gets $75K in suit

‘It’s wrong to conflate police reform and the crime control problem but it’s also a mistake to discount how much the focus on crime control and the quick fixes that are being proposed threaten to upset efforts to change how policing is done in Baltimore,’ says David Jaros, a criminal law professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law. (Photo illustration by Maximilian Franz)

(Photo illustration by Maximilian Franz)

A jury has awarded $75,000 to a man who sued two Baltimore police officers for excessive force during unrest prompted by a black man’s fatal injury in police custody.

The Baltimore Sun reports 26-year-old Larry Lomax was awarded the money Wednesday. Lomax was among several who sued after their arrests during unrest following the 2015 death of Freddie Gray.

Lomax’s lawsuit said officers doused his face with pepper spray before arresting him. His arrest was captured on video, which showed officers dragging him by his long hair or shirt collar while he was incapacitated.

Lomax sued Lt. Christopher O’Ree and Sgt. Keith Gladstone in Baltimore court, accusing them of battery and acting with excessive force. Lomax says he was pleased by the outcome.

Neil Duke, the officers’ attorney, declined comment.

Gladstone is retired from the department.