Lawsuit Alleges Baltimore County Police Assaulted Teen

WOODLAWN, Md. (AP) — A teenage boy has filed a lawsuit against Baltimore County police claiming officers assaulted him during an arrest last year.

The Baltimore Sun reports Shawn Curtis Harris alleges he suffered a broken nose and other facial fractures during the arrest in Woodlawn.

The lawsuit says Harris flagged down a reported stolen car operating as an unlicensed cab. When an officer tried to stop the car, the driver drove off, parked in a parking lot and ran. The then 17-year-old Harris also ran, but later surrendered to police.

The lawsuit states that Officer Matthew Gonzalez testified that he and two other officers delivered numerous “compliance blows” to Harris’ face and body.

Police spokesman Cp. Shawn Vinson confirmed the department has an open internal investigation, but said the department doesn’t comment on pending litigation.


Information from: The Baltimore Sun,

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