Killing of Korryn Gaines: Baltimore attorney takes fight to DOJ

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Baltimore defense attorney J. Wyndal Gordon has filed a complaint with the Department of Justice on behalf of the family of Korryn Gaines, who was gunned down by Baltimore County police August 1, 2016.

By Sean Yoes
AFRO Senior Reporter
syoes@afro.com

On Aug. 1, 2016, Korryn Gaines, 23, was gunned down by Baltimore County Police during a standoff at her apartment, as she held her 5-year-old son Kodi in her arms. The deadly confrontation between County police and Gaines was sparked when they were attempting to serve a warrant for a traffic violation triggering great consternation in many because of the deadly use of force by Cpl. Royce Ruby.

Prominent Baltimore defense attorney J. Wyndal Gordon has represented the Gaines family since her death. On April 28, Gordon vowed to continue the fight for justice for the family in a Facebook post. And he has placed the case before the Department of Justice.

“It has been 1167 days today since a Baltimore County jury found Cpl. Royce Ruby’s execution of Korryn Gaines constituted a wrongful death,” said Gordon. Ever since then, he has remained a Baltimore County police officer with full police powers, rights, and privileges; he has not suffered any administrative discipline for his misconduct, he has not been criminally charged, he has received all of his promotions  and pay increases, his pension remains in tact, and he has not paid one dime of the $38 million judgment against him for Gaines’ death,” added Gordon, who was the attorney who won that judgment for the Gaines family. In February 2019, Judge Mickey J. Norman dismissed the family’s claims against the county and Ruby.

Yesterday (April 27), we filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice. If Baltimore County doesn’t see fit to take any action against this killer cop, maybe the Department of Justice will,” Gordon said. 

“Tomorrow we will be writing a letter to Congressman Kweisi Mfume to ensure our letter to Justice on behalf of Korryn Gaines receives the appropriate attention and response. I know he’ll be just as shocked as anyone that this case has not been resolved,” Gordon added.

“We are demanding real accountability for Korryn Gaines’ wrongful death now, and our volume is getting higher and so is our reach.”