A person who was doused with noxious chemical substances present in military-grade tear fuel whereas protesting the demise of Freddie Grey in Baltimore was awarded $75,000 by a jury Wednesday.
Larry Lomax, 26, was demonstrating in opposition to the demise of Freddie Grey in Baltimore police custody when cops sprayed him with the chemical substances, in Might 2015.
A video of the incident went viral and have become a logo of the abuse protesters endured within the days following Grey’s April, 2015 demise.
Lomax was “thrilled” with the win in Baltimore Circuit Court docket, his Manhattan-based legal professional Wylie Stecklow mentioned.
“He feels justice has been served and he feels vindicated that he stood up for himself and others in Baltimore,” mentioned Stecklow, who traveled almost 200 miles to Attraction Metropolis to defend Lomax in civil courtroom.
Through the case, it was confirmed that police doused Lomax with CS spray, the chemical substances utilized in military-grade tear fuel.
“This was the chemical substances that was used in opposition to civil rights protesters in the course of the march throughout the bridge in Selma,” Stecklow mentioned. “CS is banned in worldwide warfare, however someway it’s nonetheless utilized by police departments throughout america.”
In his lawsuit, Lomax accused Lt. Christopher O’Ree and Sgt. Keith Gladstone of battery and performing with extreme drive.
Within the video, Lomax storms towards the cops, daring the officers to arrest him when O’Ree sprays him with the chemical substances at point-blank vary.
With the spray filling his nostril and mouth and dripping off his face, a surprised Lomax is seen swaying and making an attempt to get his bearings when Sgt. Gladstone grabs him from behind and yanks him down onto the bottom.
After inhaling the noxious chemical substances, which briefly blinded him and hampered his respiratory, Lomax wasn’t correctly decontaminated and thrown in a unventilated holding cell for 21 days, Stecklow mentioned.
“It was an added worry,” Stecklow mentioned. “He couldn’t see what was round him, and so they threw him in a darkish holding cell.”
Attorneys for the 2 officers disputed the allegations.
Lomax pleaded responsible to disorderly conduct, however his public defender Natalie Finegar appealed the decision and a Circuit Court docket jury acquitted him of all prices.