90-year-old who alleged police roughed her up gets $95,000

City Board of Estimates OKs payment

woman had sought $6 million

April 05, 2012|By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

The city's spending panel on Wednesday approved a $95,000 payout to a 90-year-old Baltimore woman who said she was roughed up by police.

The sum was the result of a deal brokered between city lawyers and Venus Green, who alleged that her shoulder was separated during a scuffle with officers in her home on Poplar Grove Street in west Baltimore's Walbrook neighborhood in July 2009.

According to documents the city's legal department filed with the Board of Estimates, three officers — Officer Kimberly Hanline, Det. Mark Spila and Sgt. Darryl T. Collins — entered Green's home against her objections while investigating a shooting at K&K Carryout, which is on Green's street.

Upon first responding to the scene, the officers had found Tallie Green, Venus Green's grandson, bleeding from his calf on the steps of Green's home, the documents said. Police from another unit sent to the K&K shop found no blood or other evidence of a shooting there, the documents said.

The officers at Green's home entered the house after she told Spila that her grandson had been inside, the documents said.

While they were inside, Green allegedly locked one of them in her basement before she and Spila got into a scuffle and she was handcuffed, the documents said.

The officers eventually left Green's home, and she was not charged, the documents said.

Green had initially sought $1 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.

Baltimore Sun reporter Luke Broadwater contributed to this article.

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