Man shot by police in '93 sues city, officer seeking $2 million

November 30, 1995|By Marcia Myers | Marcia Myers,SUN STAFF

A man shot by a Baltimore undercover police officer in 1993 is suing the city and the officer for $2 million, claiming the Police Department failed to adequately investigate previous incidents involving the officer.

In the suit, which did not specify other incidents, Paul Schindele said Officer Denise Wilkes was in plain clothes and fired on him with no warning as he drove his truck away from a Brooklyn bar where a friend had been involved in a fight. Mr. Schindele was hit once in the chest.

At the time of the Oct. 8 incident, police defended the officer, saying she acted in self-defense when Mr. Schindele tried to run her down. Though police charged Mr. Schindele with attempted murder, the case later was put on an inactive "stet" docket.

"In my opinion there was no case; that's why they steted it," said attorney Frank Trock, who is representing Mr. Schindele. "He's lucky to be alive."

Officer Wilkes entered a plea bargain to negligent shooting before a police tribunal but was not suspended, according to the complaint.

Court papers offered no other details of disciplinary action or of other incidents involving Officer Wilkes.

Bernard Ilkhanoff, associate legal counsel for the Police Department, said it is department policy not to release details of disciplinary action. He said the department had not been served with the suit and declined further comment.

Officer Wilkes is a nine-year veteran of the force and works in Central District. Efforts to reach her for comment yesterday were unsuccessful.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, says the Police Department failed to conduct an adequate internal investigation and take proper disciplinary measures in cases of police brutality.

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