After six hours of occupying her Randallstown apartment with other cops, an officer shot her to death and also injured her then 5-year-old son.
The incident occurred when local police served arrest warrants on Gaines in August 2016 for failing to appear in court for two separate counts. The standoff reportedly came to an end when she said,"If you don't leave, I'm going to kill you", according to The Independent at the time. Cpl.
After deliberating for about three hours, jurors ruled in favor of the Gaines family.
The jury awarded more than $32 million to Kodi, $4.5 million to his younger sister, Karsyn; $307,000 to Gaines' mother; $300,000 to Gaines' father, and $300,000 to her estate.
The jury of six women decided that Ruby violated Gaines and her son's civil rights under state and federal statutes. The 23-year-old was also stopped in March 2016 for driving with a "Free Traveler" cardboard sign, as a placeholder for a license plate, according to The Baltimore Sun. There were gasps in the courtroom when the jury forewoman read the decision, and Gaines family members were in tears following the announcement.
Gaines' mother, Rhanda Dormeus, spoke to reporters through tears outside the courthouse. "Some of them have never received justice, either criminally or civil".More news: Oxfam Faces Crisis of Confidence Following Misconduct Allegations
In a statement, Baltimore County said it is disappointed by the verdict and may file an appeal.
"I think there were enough officers, on the significant points, they were consistent that everybody was safe", Gordon said. "Keep the money. Just bring Korryn Gaines back". Officers said when they entered her apartment, they found Gaines holding a shotgun.
Ruckle criticized Gaines for putting Kodi in danger by sometimes allowing the boy to stand in front of her while she still had the shotgun in her lap. Mr. Ravenell said the officer knew the child was in the kitchen and "allegedly could only see braids of Ms. Gaines's hair and the barrel of a shotgun" when he "took a blind shot through the drywall". Ravenell called Ruby's decision to fire "reckless".
A county attorney implored the jury to look past sympathy for Kodi Gaines in finding Ruby acted reasonably in firing on Korryn Gaines, saying, "He was protecting himself. which is his right".
The case garnered national attention, with some activists citing it as an instance of excessive police force, the newspaper reported.