Baltimore City’s Board of Estimates unanimously voted to settle a lawsuit alleging false arrest and an illegal strip search.
Baltimore will pay $65,000 to Ryan Brown who claimed he was walking near Pennsylvania Avenue, when two police officers exited their cruiser and searched him without consent. The officers suspected Brown had drugs in his possession. But, the search rendered no drugs, weapons or other contraband, according to a statement of facts released by the city.
Brown was then handcuffed and taken to the Western District Police Station, where he was stripped and searched. Again, the officers found nothing. The officers denied the allegations, but admitted to finding no contraband on his person.
After Brown was released, he filed a lawsuit against the police department and officers.