By Christopher Goins
The Board of Public Works approved $55,000 for a settlement in a racial profiling lawsuit involving a Philadelphia man who was stopped by the Maryland State Police, despite reservations from one board member.
The Maryland State Police requested the settlement money in a BPW meeting last week after considering the costs of going to trial and the costs of losing the trial — a move that made Comptroller Peter Franchot question the fortitude of the Maryland attorney general’s office.
“If you could just convey back to the attorney general I wish people would get a backbone over there and take these cases to court,” Franchot said.
Bernard Foster, chief of staff in the Department of State Police, explained that the department will pay $55,000 or more by going to trial — and if they lost the case they would spend “significantly more” than the settlement costs.
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