Baltimore City will pay $96k to four residents in West Baltimore’s Harlem Park community for violating their constitutional rights during a 6-day lockdown in 2017.
Why was the neighborhood on lock?
Police shut down the area, which includes 100 houses, a church, and two stores, following the shooting death of Detective Sean Suiter. Among other actions, police prevented residents from entering their own homes unless they showed proper identification.
While Suiter’s fatality was initially investigated as a homicide, it was ultimately ruled a suicide and no one was charged in his death.
Anything else I should know?
Under the terms of the settlement, the police department is required to adopt and enforce policies around crime scene boundaries, searching residents, and other measures to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
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