In August 2016, 23-year-old Korryn Gaines was shot and killed by police in Baltimore, Maryland.
Police said officers tried to serve Gaines with an arrest warrant for a traffic violation. Gaines, officers said, refused to show her driver’s license and resisted arrest. Immediately after one of the officers entered her home to serve the warrant, Gaines pointed her shotgun at him. The police officer came out of her house and called for backup, and the woman went live on social media and told her son that the police wanted to kill them.
She reportedly fired her weapon once after the police tried again to enter her home and police opened fire on her. The officers killed Gaines and wounded her five-year-old son Kodi, who was seriously injured but survived.
Initially, the city settled the lawsuit of Gaines’ relatives, but in 2020 the court overturned the jury’s decision and deprived the family of compensation. In November 2021, the court again took up the case of compensation for the Gaines family.
MASS MEDIA ABOUT THE CASE:
Attorney Kenneth Ravenell, who represents now-10-year-old Kodi, said the child “was physically and mentally scarred for life when Officer Ruby shot him and killed his mother in front of him.”
The Baltimore Sun
Gaines family attorney J. Wyndal Gordon called Ruby’s actions “a violent, vicious, and ghastly homicide.”
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.