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Bank freezes Baltimore funds as possible payment in police lawsuit

Bank freezes Baltimore funds as possible payment in police lawsuit

A long-running lawsuit involving misconduct by Baltimore police is headed for a legal showdown, now that a bank has frozen nearly $300,000 in city funds that could be used to pay a court judgment. On July 3, M&T Bank said it froze and will hold $281,000 from a city account to comply with the garnishment order, court records show. The bank also charged the city a $150 processing fee. A judge has set a hearing for Aug. 12, court records show. At stake is an award against three officers who picked up two teens in West Baltimore at separate times in May 2009 and dropped them miles from home. Michael Johnson Jr., one of the teens involved, won a $500,000 judgment in a trial, but that amount...

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