Shortly after the incident, in an interview with WMDT, Sheriff Lewis said Mr. Santos would have been a lot more “banged up” if it were Sheriff Lewis, and that “lethal force” (meaning deadly force) would have been justified. Sheriff Lewis claimed, however, as his justification for not appearing at the deposition, that he had no personal knowledge of Mr. Santos’ case when he made these comments. Mr. Santos claimed that he must have had some knowledge to have made these statements, and that these comments and any underlying policies were relevant to his lawsuit.
On Monday, October 17, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland issued a Memorandum and Order requiring Sheriff Lewis to appear for a deposition within 30 days.
The Court also ordered Mr. Santos within seven days to “advise the Court whether he will continue to pursue a contempt order against Sheriff Lewis, or whether he will withdraw his Petition.