Baltimore Reaches Settlement In 2014 Police Assault Case


Baltimore reaches settlement in a 2014 assault case involving a six-year police veteran and victim, Kollin Truss.

One of the responding officers, Vincent E. Cosom, wrote in a police report that an intoxicated Truss was involved in an altercation outside a liquor store, where he was also arrested. Truss wrote in the report that Truss “got into a fighting stance and clenched his fist,” while mouthing off to him. He wrote he feared for his life and fought Truss. He also wrote that he had “received a punch to the body,” during the incident.

Police Assault CaseIn 2014, Truss’ attorneys filed a lawsuit against Vincent Cosom, who was later charged with assault. The incident was captured on a CityWatch camera. The video contradicted Cosmo’s report, showing Stephanie Coleman, Truss’ then-girlfriend, pulling him away from the confrontation with Cosom, which took place in front of the store.

Another angle showed Coleman and Truss walking near a bus stop. Coleman is standing between the two officers and Truss. Coleman walked around Coleman and attacked Truss, hitting him seven times, before Coleman separated them again. Another officer is shown holding one of Truss’ arms.

Truss was charged with resisting arrest, intoxication, assault and disorderly conduct.

On Wednesday, the Board of Estimates approved a $50,000 settlement. Truss’s attorney said he died prior to the settlement being finalized. The proceeds would go to Truss’s children, according to Ivan Bates, one of Truss’ attorneys.

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