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Lawsuit over Harlem Park lockdown after Baltimore detective’s death settled

BALTIMORE — A court filing shows Baltimore officials and the ACLU of Maryland have reached a settlement in a lawsuit over a six-day neighborhood lockdown in the wake of the 2017 shooting death of a detective.

News outlets reported Tuesday that details of the settlement were not disclosed, but it includes “monetary and non-monetary terms” that include provisions the parties are asking the court to enforce. The suit filed in 2019 on behalf of four residents aimed to block the department from enacting future lockdowns.

Residents from a six-square-block area of Harlem Park were subjected to stops and questioning and even required permission to enter or leave their homes. Nonresidents were banned from the area, and residents were required to show identification. Det. Sean Suiter was found dead just before he was set to testify about corrupt colleagues.

While the medical examiner has ruled his death a homicide, an independent review panel later determined that the detective took his own life.

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