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$100,000 Settlement in Tort Suit Over Assault by Baltimore Police Officer

The City of Baltimore, Maryland, paid $100,000 to settle a tort claim of assault and assault and battery for injuries sustained by teenager Donald Kosh during a foot chase and subsequent arrest.

While on patrol on January 27, 2007, Officer Ethan Glover saw several teenagers looking into the windows of parked cars in an area that had seen a rash of property thefts. Glover gave chase in his car and then on foot as the youths fled.

Kosh, 17, slipped and fell as his friends ran away. Glover said he subdued Kosh despite Kosh’s removal of his right hand from his pocket because he thought he had a gun. Kosh said Glover slammed his knee into Kosh’s abdomen without cause while he was on the ground. Kosh spat blood. He required immediate hospitalization and emergency to remove his spleen and repair a transected pancreas and lacerated liver.

Prior to trial, the City settled the matter on October 1, 2008. Kosh was represented by Baltimore attorneys David F. Albright, Jr., and Peter G. Byrnes, Jr. See: Kosh v. State of Maryland, Baltimore City Circuit Court, Case No: 24C07005772.

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Kosh v. State of Maryland

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