In the era of electronic records and high-speed Internet, city lawyers recently reverted to pen and paper to find how much taxpayers spent on lawsuits alleging police misconduct in 2010.

After combing through boxes of lawsuits, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration says the city paid $4.4 million for settlements and court judgments against officers in 2010. The amount had not been available previously.


With that $4.4 million, Baltimore taxpayers have doled out more than $12 million for alleged police misconduct since 2010, according to city records.

Baltimore — which continues to garner national attention for a spike in killings and the mayor's recent firing of the police commissioner — could not tally the 2010 payouts earlier because City Hall lacked a comprehensive system to track cases.

Amid anger over Freddie Gray's death in April while in police custody, Rawlings-Blake told national audiences that the payouts against officers had dropped since she took office in 2010. Still, her administration could not tally the figures from 2010.

What prompted lawyers to pore through old files?

"The law department … went back, by hand, to 2010 as part of some research related to another legal matter," said Howard Libit, a spokesman for the mayor.

Still, of the 165 claims filed in 2010, Libit did not know how many went to court and how many were settled.

A Baltimore Sun investigation revealed last fall that the city spent $5.7 million in 102 court judgments and settlements for alleged police misconduct since 2011; since then, it has paid more than $600,000. The investigation showed that city residents — including a pregnant woman and an 87-year-old grandmother — received battered faces, broken bones and other injuries during questionable arrests.

The city's accounting of settlements and court judgments doesn't include legal fees to outside lawyers who represent officers. From 2011 through September 2014, the city paid another $5.8 million for representation, according to records the city provided last fall to The Sun.

Six Baltimore officers have been charged in connection with Gray's death. They have pleaded not guilty and are scheduled for trial in October.