Will this make a difference in #baltimore ??
Rp from @freedom_faction @chididdy26 ————————————-- One of the most corrupt policies in place to protect police officers who commit violence in the line of duty is the legal protection that comes when a victim files a lawsuit against an aggressive cop. When a victim of a #policeassault wins a lawsuit against the police department, the city’s taxpayers are usually on the hook for the #restitution fees. However, a new policy change in #Baltimore—which will set a #revolutionary precedent—will finally have the guilty officers feeling the pain in their pockets for once. In a memo sent out by police union president Gene Ryan this week, #BaltimoreCity officers were warned about how they could be charged with punitive damage if a jury finds that they acted with malice during an attack on a citizen. The email stated that: Many of our officers are sued for monetary damages by individuals they have arrested or have come in contact with. These lawsuits allege wrongdoing on the part of the officer and oftentimes allege that the officer acted with malice. Malice means that the officer’s alleged actions were motivated by a personal hatred towards the individual suing him or her. If the person suing the officer wins on the question of whether the officer committed a wrong, the Plaintiff can recover monetary damages to compensate him or her for any injury and/or expenses incurred resulting from the officer’s actions. If a jury finds that the officer acted with malice, the jury has the option to award punitive damages which are designed to punish the officer and to serve as a deterrent to the officer not to repeat the alleged wrongful conduct found to have occurred by the jury. Most times, the officer who is being sued will dispute the allegations made by a Plaintiff and successfully defend a claim for punitive damages. However, many juries award punitive damages despite the lack of evidence of malice even in cases where the police officer has not been charged criminally and been found to have acted within the scope of his/her duties consistent with the rules and regulations of