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City law department recommends $40K settlement for unarmed man shot by police

Former Baltimore Police commissioner Anthony Batts answers a question Wednesday, during a panel discussion examining the unrest in Baltimore that led to his being fired, at Mount Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg. Batts says the police department failed to improve public trust under his leadership. (Graham Cullen /The Frederick News-Post via AP)

Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts. (Graham Cullen/The Frederick News-Post via AP)

The Baltimore Board of Estimates is set to approve a $40,000 payment Wednesday for a man who was shot by police in 2014 while he was unarmed and fleeing the scene of a burglary.

Michael Johansen sued four officers and former Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts in federal court in 2015. The case was dismissed earlier this year and Johansen refiled his suit in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

Johansen was shot on Dec. 28, 2014, after officers responded to a silent alarm from a convenience store in the early morning, saw him running from the building and claimed he reached toward his waistband after being ordered to show his hands.

This photo provided by Baltimore Police shows Wesley Cagle. Cagle, a Baltimore police officer who authorities say shot a burglary suspect in the groin at close range after he'd been subdued is being charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, the city's top prosecutor announced Wednesday.  (Baltimore Police via AP)

This photo provided by Baltimore Police shows Wesley Cagle. (Baltimore Police via AP)

Johansen was injured when an officer, Wesley Cagle, shot him in the groin after Johansen had dropped to the floor and declared that he was unarmed. Johansen was seriously injured and required surgeries and other medical treatment.

Cagle was convicted in 2016 of first-degree assault and using a firearm in committing a felony or crime of violence. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

The Baltimore City Law Department recommended the approval of the settlement “to resolve the litigation prudently and economically and to avoid the expense, time, and uncertainty of further protracted proceedings,” according to a memorandum about the settlement prepared for the city spending panel.

Johansen’s attorney, Nathaniel K. Risch of Mann & Risch LLC in Towson, did not respond to a request for comment.

The case is Michael Johansen v. Officer Wesley P. Cagle et al., 24C19001943.

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