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Maryland man paralyzed after police stop hires prominent Baltimore attorney

OXON HILL — Relatives of a Maryland man who was severely injured during a traffic stop have hired an attorney who represented Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man who died in 2015 after suffering a spinal injury in a police van.

The Washington Post reports that the family of 24-year-old Demonte Ward-Blake has hired Baltimore lawyer William H. "Billy" Murphy Jr.

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Murphy says Ward-Bake is paralyzed from the waist down, with broken vertebrae in his neck, after his encounter last Thursday with police in Prince George's County.

Police have said Ward-Blake landed on his neck while in handcuffs as an officer pulled him to the ground. Ward-Blake allegedly tried to flee after being stopped for driving with expired tags.

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Murphy helped negotiate a $6.4 million settlement with the city of Baltimore for Gray’s family.

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