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County appeals $38M judgment over woman slain in standoff

TOWSON — A Maryland county that lost a $38 million judgment in a lawsuit brought by the family of a woman shot and killed by police is seeking a new trial.

The Baltimore Sun reports Baltimore County filed post-trial motions Monday also seeking a reduction of the compensatory damages awarded to Korryn Gaines’ family and an override of the jury’s decision.

A Baltimore County Police helicopter. (U.S. Army / Sgt. Thaddeus Harrington)

A Baltimore County Police helicopter. (U.S. Army / Sgt. Thaddeus Harrington)

The lawsuit against the county and the officer who shot Gaines in her apartment after a six-hour standoff claimed police used excessive force. Jurors in February found that the civil rights of Gaines and her young son, Kodi, were violated. He was wounded by a bullet and awarded the bulk of damages.

County Attorney Michael E. Field wouldn’t discuss the motions, saying Gaines’ family’s lawyers had yet to receive them.


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