Korryn Gaines‘ family filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Tuesday against Baltimore County and the police officer who fatally shot the 23-year-old mother of two on August 1.
According to Baltimore police, Officer First Class Ruby shot at Gaines after an hours-long standoff because she threatened to kill him and pointed her gun at him.
However, the wrongful death lawsuit claims Ruby shot Korryn “out of his own personal frustration rather than any true fear of a threat to him or others.”
The suit also claims Baltimore County county acted “with deliberate indifference” to Korryn Gaines’ rights.
Via the Baltimore Sun:
“If we trusted the government and the Police Department to conduct a proper investigation, then we would’ve waited” to file a lawsuit, said attorney J. Wyndal Gordon, who is representing Gaines’ estate along with lawyer Jimmy A. Bell.
The lawsuit alleges that officers’ entry into Gaines’ apartment was unlawful. Police have previously said they conducted a review of the entry and found the officers entered the apartment legally.
The family also claims that police violated Gaines’ rights by asking Facebook to temporarily deactivate her account. She had been posting video of the standoff that day.
Detailed in the lawsuit is the account of Ramone Coleman, the next-door neighbor of Gaines. He says police drilled holes in the walls of his apartment so they could use surveillance equipment to monitor Gaines’ movements.
Coleman says he heard Gaines say she would surrender her gun and come out of her apartment if police put their guns down. He also says he heard an officer say “I’m sick of this sh*t” before he heard shots fired.
At the news conference, Gaines’ cousin Creo Brady said he wants police accountability.
“It’s not just us, it’s every family member that has suffered the same fate,” Brady said. “We are all connected. This is not an isolated incident that just happened in Baltimore County. This is something that’s going on nationwide. And nationwide, police reform needs to occur, and people need to be held accountable.”