No Charges for Cop Who Killed Korryn Gaines

By Kenrya Rankin Sep 21, 2016

On August 1, Baltimore County Police Department (BCoPD) Officer Ruby shot and killed 23-year-old Korryn Gaines following an armed standoff in her apartment building. Now, attorneys for her family say that no charges will be filed against the officer.

According to local station WBAL, a statement released by her family’s attorneys yesterday (September 20) says that they will meet with Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger today (September 21) “for him to advise the family that he completed his monitoring of the police investigation into the killing of Korryn Gaines and will not be filling criminal charges against any of the officers involved.” The attorneys are expected to hold a press conference later today, following the meeting. The family recently filed a civil suit against the county and Officer Ruby.

After learning that Shellenberger declined to indict the officer, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) wrote to Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz to request an independent review of the police department’s policies. Per the letter, the LDF wants the investigation to cover the following points:

  1. Review of the BCoPD’s policies and procedures regarding the execution of arrest warrants, including policies regarding “key retrieval” and/or forcible entry in cases of non-responsive residents
  2. Review of the BCoPD’s policies and procedures for the deployment of its hostage/crisis negotiation team
  3. Review of the substance and regularity of de-escalation training provided to BCoPD officers
  4. Review of the efficacy and progress of the BCoPD’s training, distribution and use of body-worn cameras
  5. An investigation to determine whether the officer who fired on and killed Ms. Gaines and injured her son acted in such a way as to merit criminal charges
  6. Review of the legality of efforts by police to obtain Ms. Gaines’ Facebook information after her death, as well as their reasoning for seeking it

Kamenetz’s office told The Baltimore Sun yesterday that Police Chief Jim Johnson has been directed to complete “a study of practices and procedures in barricade situations.”

Baltimore County police officials maintain that officers shot at Gaines—and her 5-year-old son who was in her lap—because she threatened to kill an officer while pointing her gun at him. But her neighbor says that the officer said he was “sick of this shit” and shot her out of frustration with the length of the standoff.