The surviving family members of Baltimore Police Officer Norman Stamp say they will file a Maryland wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Baltimore. Stamp, 65, was killed after being shot by another Baltimore cop during a brawl outside the Haven Place strip club on April 24.
Stamp was off duty that night. According to the police report, he was seen wearing brass knuckles as he left the club. Baltimore Police Officer John Torres, who was trying to prevent customers from leaving the bar during the brawl, tried to stop Stamp from leaving.
Stamp reportedly ignored Torres’s request, so the on-duty officer Tasered him. Stamp then drew his gun and Torres shot him. Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III has said that Torres did what he’d been taught to do when faced with this kind of situation.
Stamp’s family and friends are disputing the account. They say there is no way that he could have pulled his gun if he was wearing the knuckles.
If you believe that your loved one was died because of the careless, reckless, or negligent actions of another party in Maryland or Washington D.C., our Baltimore wrongful death lawyers would like to talk to you.
Although you have three years from the date of death to file your Maryland wrongful death claim, it is important that you hire a wrongful death lawyer immediately to begin gathering evidence and investigating your case. Our Maryland wrongful death attorneys have helped many family members recover compensation for their loved one’s wrongful death.
We will investigate all evidence related to the wrongful death and interview witnesses that can confirm what happened to your loved one. We will work with top wrongful death, injury, and crime experts that know how to determine when recklessness or criminal actions led to your loved one’s untimely demise.
Baltimore cop’s slaying of fellow officer prompts lawsuit, Examiner.com, May 15, 2008
Off-duty Baltimore officer killed by police during bar fight, AP, April 24, 2008
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