A federal court jury in Baltimore has awarded $4,400 to a Riverdale man who asserted that a Prince George's County police officer used unnecessary force against him because the man had been involved in a Lanham sledding party that led to a confrontation with police.
The jury award to Gerald Marks, 24, came after a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz in which Marks claimed that Officer Robert W. Raimond violated his civil rights in March 1984.
Marks was struck in the face and required five stitches after the car in which he was riding was stopped because it had a broken taillight. Marks said he got out of the car, and Raimond hit him without provocation.
In January 1984, Marks was one of 10 persons arrested after a nighttime neighborhood sledding party in Lanham. A disorderly conduct charge against Marks stemming from that incident was dropped the week before the incident involving Raimond, according to Marks' attorney, Richard A. Finci.
Raimond, who was not among the county officers involved in the sledding party incident, said he struck Marks because Marks had failed to obey an order and had struck him with his fist.