Boy hurt during arrest in 2003 is given settlement of $175,000

June 02, 2005

The city's spending board approved paying $175,000 yesterday to a boy who suffered a broken arm during an arrest by a Baltimore police officer two years ago.

The Board of Estimates approved the settlement with the mother of the 12-year-old boy, Derek E. Crawford, rather than risk losing the $9 million lawsuit pending against the city.

The settlement "will allow this young man to have a set-aside of over $100,000 to be used to brighten his future," said Warren A. Brown, Derek's attorney. Brown said Derek and his mother, Joanne Whitley, would receive about $135,000 after lawyer fees are paid.

In August 2003, police Officer Douglas M. Wine responded to a report of trespassing at the Stop, Shop and Save in the 900 block of N. Caroline St.

Wine chased Derek, who was 10 at the time, into the supermarket, where he pulled the boy's arm behind his back to handcuff him. A police report said Wine "heard a loud pop in [the boy's] arm." Doctors later determined the arm was broken.

Brown said Derek also suffered a broken collarbone and a separated shoulder. Baltimore prosecutors investigated but found insufficient evidence to prosecute Wine, said a spokeswoman for the state's attorney's office.

Lt. Frederick V. Roussey, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 in Baltimore, called Derek's broken arm a "freak accident" and an "unfortunate incident." He said that Wine is a good officer who has several commendations for meritorious service.

Deputy City Solicitor Donald R. Huskey said Wine is a police officer in Eastern District, but he would not say whether Wine was disciplined for the incident.

- Doug Donovan

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