Immunity for Police Means Despair for Korryn Gaines’ Family

Jessica Lipsky
Feb 20, 2019 - 5:00

A Baltimore County judge has rescinded a $38 million damage award to the family of Korryn Gaines, a 23-year-old Black woman who was fatally shot by county police in 2016. Gaines, a mother of two with a history of mental illness, was killed after a six-hour police standoff that was partially streamed live on Instagram. During the standoff, Gaines allegedly pointed a shotgun at officers who were trying to serve an arrest warrant for a missed court date. The bullet that killed Gaines also injured her then-5-year-old son, Kodi. A civil trial in Baltimore County Circuit Court found that the deadly shot fired by Cpl. Royce Ruby “was not reasonable” and violated Gaines’s and her...

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