Appeals court upholds ruling against officer


The Maryland Court of Special Appeals yesterday upheld a $2 million civil judgment against a Baltimore police officer accused of beating a man, leaving him paralyzed and then filing false charges against him in a 1997 incident.

The city is obligated to pay the judgment because Officer Joseph Tracy, a seven-year veteran of the force, was working in a law-enforcement capacity at the time.

Tracy was found liable in December 2000 in Baltimore Circuit Court for malicious prosecution and for violating the rights of Horace Muhammad. Tracy appealed the decision.

Muhammad claimed that Tracy tackled him and threw him down on a neighbor's porch after he left his fiancee's house, following a domestic violence complaint.

Muhammad, who is now paralyzed from the waist down because of the injuries, sued Tracy, other police officers and two paramedics. The others were cleared of wrongdoing.

The Court of Special Appeals rejected Muhammad's request to reconsider his claims against the paramedics.

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