15 New Civil Rights Lawsuits Filed Against City, Baltimore Police

11/24/17

By Ethan McLeod, Baltimore Fishbowl

The City of Baltimore and police are facing a fresh set of lawsuits filed by locals who claim they were beaten, sexually assaulted, threatened or wrongfully arrested between 2013 and 2016.

Attorneys for all 15 plaintiffs allege in each filing that the department “had an obligation to train their police officers regarding proper dealing with individuals,” and “failed to comply with those obligations and had a custom or policy of acting with deliberate indifference to violations of the constitutional rights of the City’s citizens.” They also say the department failed to train and supervise its officers.

The allegations are ugly. In one case, attorneys say a boy, 13, was assaulted by officers at a BP gas station in Midtown-Edmondson in May 2016. When his grandmother stepped in to intervene, she was then allegedly beaten and handcuffed as well.

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