PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. (WJZ)–The outcome of a case under consideration by Maryland’s highest court could have a major impact on all lawsuits brought against local governments, especially lawsuits brought by families of those wrongly killed by police.
Derek Valcourt has the details.
When Manuel de Jesus Espina was shot and killed by a Prince George’s County Police CPL Steven Jackson in 2008, the officer was never criminally charged.
Instead, a civil jury found he acted with malice and awarded the victim’s family $11.5 million.
But thanks to a 27-year-old Maryland Law, Prince George’s County will only have to pay her $400,000 for his death.