The jury's decision, in the amount of $ 37 million, to the family of a woman killed by police in the suburbs of Baltimore was rejected by a judge.
A bullet in the police killed Korryn Gaines, 23, and injured his 5-year-old son in 2016 in Randallstown, Maryland after a stalemate of several hours – an incident that caught the country's attention.
In a lengthy ruling, Judge Mickey Norman of Maryland rejected the jury's decision last year that the officer who had shot at Gaines had acted unreasonably in violation of his civil rights, reported Friday the Baltimore Sun.
THE BALTIMORE COUNTY JURY WINS $ 37 MILLION TO A VICTIM FAMILY TAKING A POLICE DRAW
Norman, who sits in Baltimore County, said in his ruling that the officer, Royce Ruby, was entitled to qualified immunity, a legal doctrine protecting the cops and government officials from civil liability in the exercise of their functions.
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Baltimore County police said in 2016 that Gaines was shot after shooting a shotgun at the police who had gone to his home to execute arrest warrants against her and her fiancé. She did not appear in court in a trafficking case. His son, Kodi, was hit in the face.
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Gaines family lawyer J. Wyndal Gordon told the newspaper that the judge's decision would be appealed.
"The family is disappointed but not discouraged," Gordon told Fox45 Baltimore.