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City Settles $44 Million Police Abuse Suit For $2 Million

City Settles $44 Million Police Abuse Suit For $2 Million

The Baltimore Sun via YellowBrix

December 24, 2009

BALTIMORE – In August 2006, a Baltimore jury awarded Albert Mosley $44 million after concluding that he became paralyzed when a city police officer threw him against a jail cell wall.

Baltimore officials have now agreed to pay less than 5 percent of that amount, with the city’s spending panel approving $2 million Wednesday to settle the matter.

The vote ends years of litigation, but the final payout has left Mosley’s attorney “outraged” even after he negotiated the deal.

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“That all we can do is pay $2 million to a quadriplegic under these circumstances should tell the public that the city has no heart or soul about the victims of police brutality,” said attorney William H. Murphy Jr.

Many lawyers in Murphy’s position ultimately determine that accepting a smaller one-time payment from the city is preferable to trying to recoup a larger amount through a percentage of the officer’s wages over time.

City Solicitor George A. Nilson said that he never agreed with the jury’s finding, saying that the officer, Bryan Kershaw, was “just doing his job.” Nilson called the incident a “terrible accident.”

Police union President Robert F. Cherry complimented the city for “standing behind” Kershaw. Kershaw could not be reached for comment.

The confrontation occurred in June 2003, after Mosley was arrested for a probation violation. Intoxicated and handcuffed, Mosley became loud and unruly behind bars at the Western District police station. Kershaw got into a yelling match with Mosley and entered the cell.


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    maxxoccupancy

    almost 3 years ago

    328 Comments

    The jury heard all of the admissible facts. We're just getting a news story. I can tell you from first hand experience (as if anyone here needs to be told) that the news media does not get its facts straight before publishing. You never know what else went on.

  • Car6_max50

    Ahi

    over 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    It's stupid, if the officer is cleared then he shouldn't have to pay anything and that alone should be more then enough to clear any case.

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    theshieldman2000

    over 4 years ago

    578 Comments

    aaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, the lawyer doesn't get paid. He'll just have to borrow some Goverment cheese off of his paralized client to go woth his wine!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    What Frog Sh*t!. U boys n girls in the US have it hard nuff with wankers using you as target practice. Still, same same when all said n done here in Oz. Go Well

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50

    Whalewatcher

    over 4 years ago

    10918 Comments

    If the officer was cleared, why pay anyone a red cent ??? If the injuries are consistent with the bad behavior of the POS, oh well .....

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    A jury full of bleeding hearts listening to a crap head above a police officer. Why doen't this suprise me? Protect and Serve, and get screwed by the people your sworn to protect. Gotta Love Your Job.

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    JP503

    over 4 years ago

    7620 Comments

    What a bunch of crap.

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    tigerlilly_07

    over 4 years ago

    1322 Comments

    Yeah the lawyer was "outraged" alright.. He was outraged because he didn't get a new car and a high dollar boat or whatever he wanted.

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    rsteade

    over 4 years ago

    1030 Comments

    I rated this a thumbs down because, even though the officer was cleared by an IA investigation, the jury still chose to award this POS a multimillion dollar judgement.

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    clobster

    over 4 years ago

    1552 Comments

    2 million may actually not be very much to live on if he has 24 hour care due to being a quad. Regardless, how can he make an accurate case when he was intoxicated at the time? Wasn't the officer cleared by IA? I'm more inclined to the believe the officer here. Hopefully he'll get to move on with his career.

  • Steve_mcqueen_max50

    ilegworldchamp

    over 4 years ago

    8966 Comments

    Why is it that Police have to pay for Lawyers Expensive Life Styles. 1,000,000,000,000 at the bottom of the Ocean , "A GOOD START".

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    joshua55

    over 4 years ago

    326 Comments

    lol 2 million isn't enough for someone to live on?? Sounds like the lawyer is just money hungry

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    WOW...hey guys I was thinking that also. Heck yeah I'd rather have a third of 44 million!

  • Joefriday_max50

    alexy

    over 4 years ago

    3970 Comments

    FP I was thinkthing the same thing!!!!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Off course the blood-sucker is outraged. He will get only 33% = 660,000.... Not enough in his view.

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