Woman accepts $9,500 in suit against officer

April 23, 1994|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Sun Staff Writer

A Catonsville woman has accepted a $9,500 settlement from Baltimore County in a lawsuit against the Police Department and an officer alleged to have used excessive force in an arrest on July 18, 1992.

Julia Lynn Knight, 32, sued the department and Officer Roger B. Clise of the Wilkens Precinct last June for more than $2 million.

The lawsuit said she was stopped by Officer Clise on her way home about 3 a.m., "thrown down on the ground, handcuffed, arrested and charged with resisting arrest and driving while intoxicated." She was jailed for several hours, but was never prosecuted.

Ms. Knight said yesterday that she was content with the settlement. "I don't believe someone like that should be on the force," she said, "and if I could save somebody else from going through what I went through, that's great."

Police spokesman Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger said Officer Clise is still on the force. "We can take no official action, since she never filed a complaint with us," he said.

"I don't agree with the county's position at all, but I don't have anything to do with it," Officer Clise said. The county attorney who handled the case was on vacation yesterday.

"I still maintain that I didn't do anything wrong," the officer said. "I do the same job, day in and day out. I make a lot of DWI arrests, and people, when they get arrested, sometimes they get upset."

Stuart J. Snyder, Ms. Knight's attorney, said that since his client received only scrapes and bruises, he felt she "has been vindicated and properly compensated."

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