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Howard jury rejects mother's suit against Baltimore officers

A Howard County jury has rejected a suit against six Baltimore police officers by the mother of a boy arrested in 2007 for illegally riding a dirt bike.

Judge Diane Leasure sent the case to the jury Thursday after determining that two of the officers acted unlawfully in arresting the then-7-year-old boy because they didn't witness the incident.

But the jury denied Lakisa Dinkins' suit for more than $700,000 in compensatory damages.

Dinkins sought damages from officers involved in the arrest of her now-9-year-old son, Gerard Mungo Jr., and her own arrest 11 days later. Dinkins claimed the arrests left her two sons with emotional and psychiatric problems that required professional help.

She also claimed her arrest was retaliation for filing a claim against police after the boy's arrest.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 22, 2010; 8:23 AM ET
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