The tragic death Korryn Gaines came at the hands of Baltimore police at the end of a six-hour standoff. In 2016, 23-year-old Gaines was fatally shot by Officer Royce Ruby of the Baltimore County policeman. The shooting also injured her son Kodi who was only five years old at the time.
Police allege Gaines raised her shotgun, ready to fire before the fatal round was released. Although there is no monetary value on the life lost, a jury has awarded the family of Korryn Gaines $37 million, concluding the actions of Officer Ruby as a wrongful shooting.
Although the shooting gained national attention as Gaines uploaded footage via social media of her and Kodi, during the traumatic ordeal before the police had her online accounts shut down. Ruby’s career in law enforcement has not been impacted. Ruby has sense been promoted from officer to corporal in the police force.
According to WMAR Baltimore, jurors say “Officer Royce Ruby did not act reasonably in the shooting that killed Gaines and wounded her son Kodi in August of 2016.” In the verdict, Kodi was awarded $32 million, Karsyn Courtney, Gaines’ daughter was awarded $4.5 million, her parents, $300,000 each and the Gaines estate $300,000. This decision was reached after six hours of deliberation.
“This win is for all of my sisters in the movement who have lost hteir children to police violence. Some of them have never received justice, either criminally or civil. I just want to tell them that this win is for them” says Rhanda Dormeus to The Baltimore Sun, following the verdict.
Activists continue to push towards effective change in the criminal justice system across the country from local to national courts and law enforcement systems in the names of all those slain.