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George Nilson

Baltimore balks at paying court judgment for police misconduct

A long-running lawsuit involving police misconduct has flared up again, as Baltimore officials balk at paying a court award levied against its officers — an unusual move in such legal disputes. At stake is an award against three officers who allegedly picked up two teens in West Baltimore at separate times in May 2009 and dropped them miles from home. Michael Johnson Jr., one of the teens involved, won a $500,000 judgment in a trial, but that amount was reduced to comply with a state law that caps damages in such cases. Now Johnson's attorneys have filed court papers seeking to collect $281,000 from the city. The garnishment claim filed by A. Dwight Pettit and Allan B....