Korryn Gaines’ Family Awarded $36 Million Dollars In Civil Suit
In 2016, with her 5-year-old son near her, 23-year-old Korryn Gaines was shot and killed by Baltimore police.
We were horrified by the details of the six-hour standoff. One because there were so many questions about why the police were in Gaines’ residence in the first place, not to mention what she did to warrant being shot to death in front of her own child.
We’ll likely never know those answers. Thankfully, a jury in Baltimore also took issue with Gaines’ death and decided to award her family over $36 million in a civil suit.
According to WBAL TV, after three hours of deliberation, the jury found that officer Royce Ruby did not act reasonably in the fatal shooting of Gaines and injuring her son, Kodi.
While Ruby was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing, this jury found that he violated Gaines’ rights. The $36 million will be used for medical and funeral expenses and pain and suffering.
The jury awarded $32 million to Kodi, who was injured during the shooting, $300,000 to Korryn Gaines’ father, $300,000 to Korryn Gaines’ mother, $300,000 to Korryn Gaines’ estate, and $4.5 million to Karsyn Courtney, Korryn Gaines’ daughter, who wasn’t in the home when her mother was killed.
When the verdict was read, Ruby’s face was expressionless. Rwanda Dormeus, Korryn’s mother said, “I don’t know how anyone can just extinguish a life, then hide behind a badge. I can’t even get out of bed to do my activities of daily life. I was a registered nurse, a psychiatric nurse. This has ripped me apart. I am not mad with Officer Ruby. I don’t have any space to be mad because my heart is too broken.”
Gaines’ father, Corey Cunningham said, “For Kodi, it means a lot. Now he’s going to be able to get the help he needs. It’s a sad situation what happened, and I’m very glad the jury came back and saw what was going on in that courtroom was’t right, and what happened Aug. 1 wasn’t right either.”
The Baltimore County Attorney Mike Field, released a statement saying: “A mother died, a child was unintentionally injured, and police officers were placed in mortal danger. By any account, this was a tragic situation. The county is disappointed with the verdict and is reviewing all of its options, including an appeal.”
Until then, J. Wyndal Gordon, the family attorney said, Korryn is smiling today because she got her day in court.