Man Gets Payday For Getting Pepper Sprayed By Police In Viral Video

AndrewBlake

Appearing enraged, Larry Lomax charged towards police and yelled at them to arrest him before getting sprayed.

Baltimore – A jury awarded $75,000 to a 26-year-old man who was doused by a spray canister and taken to the ground by two Baltimore police officers.

Lomax was arrested in May of 2015 when he was protesting the death of Freddie Gray. His arrest was recorded on video (below) and received national attention, according to The Baltimore Sun.

“I’m very happy. Justice has been served in the City of Baltimore,” Lomax said after the verdict.

Lomax sued Lt. Christopher O’Ree and Sgt. Keith Gladstone of the Baltimore Police Department and claimed they used excessive force during his arrest.

In the May 2, 2015 arrest video, Lomax walked towards the police officers with his hands balled and shouted, “Arrest me! Arrest me! I’m right here.”

Lt. O’Ree used pepper spray on Lomax. The chemical blinded Lomax and filled his mouth and nose and the impact was felt for 21 days while he was jailed, Lomax’s attorney told the jury.

Lomax's attorney claimed that it wasn't pepper spray that Lomax was sprayed with, but tear gas meant to disperse crowds 18 feet away, despite video evidence showing otherwise.

An attorney for the police officers disputed the claims from Lomax's attorney.

After he was hit by the pepper spray, Sgt. Gladstone dragged him down to the ground.

A different jury acquitted Lomax of disorderly conduct five months after his arrest.

Neil Duke, the attorney for the police, said that Lomax was 5-foot-5, 230-pound man who moved at the police with “a look of fury,” The Baltimore Sun reported.

Hundreds of people were arrested during the rioting in Baltimore, but many of those people were released without charges. Several others had their charges dropped.

You can see the video of his arrest below:

Comments (22)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

Yet another reason why police officers should turn a blind eye to those who want to burn down their neighborhoods. My recommendation is to be a call taker and avoid self initiated arrests. Let the public get what they deserve.

RachelTania
RachelTania

Fine, at least they got to firehose his stupid face. Kinda worth it.

Betts1221
Betts1221

He was not sprayed excessively! This is a big guy.

Fiercestfall417
Fiercestfall417

A community who makes enemies out of their police should make friends with their criminals....

Ronnytx031
Ronnytx031

Damn Baltimore, I'm starting to worry about your safety. The left is taking over your city and soon you will be a criminals haven. SMH!!

fireslayer
fireslayer

These same degenerates cut our hoses as we were taking care of the number of cars that were on fire. Damn, I’m clearly in the wrong profession. Even with overtime I barely make $70k

MSK
MSK

Incredible!!! What were the officers supposed to do? The guy was huge weight wise and clearly in a rage. Next time let the animals riot and destroy what they want. Didn’t the mayor say that at the time anyway??

Richard Kurtz
Richard Kurtz

That was excessive force for sure. He did not ever resist. They never even tried to arrest him before hitting him with pepper spray. They never even told him to get on the ground or anything that I can hear in the video. I bet they could have walked right up to him and cuffed him. He was pissed but not being violent.

Urbanelegant
Urbanelegant

Some people are professional agitators officers have to learn how to ignore them!

fireslayer
fireslayer

It’s much easier to be a Monday morning quarterback

CowGurlUP
CowGurlUP

@Richard Kurtz really?! Not that you heard on the video. How do you what verbal commands they gave this idiot? Did you hear the entire video NO. Were you there to witness first hand NO! Rest my case!

RunCop
RunCop

ghetto lottery winner.....

Jimmyd2
Jimmyd2

Have to agree with you. I replayed the tape and never once heard a police command to stop, drop, put hands up or anything. Huge fan of LE, but not sure they got this one right. Surprised that after he got pepper sprayed that he wasn't down on the ground writhing in pain, it's as if it didn't phase him. He never resisted arrest that I could see.

fireslayer
fireslayer

I’m not a LEO, so help me with this question: can you deploy pepper spray if you feel that your safety is threatened? This man, most likely fuelled by the mob scene around him, appears to have no respect for police. He looked like he had the potential to become violent. I think the police did the best they could to subdue him in an extremely volatile environment.

Sickandtired
Sickandtired

He never resisted. Looks to me like they went right to the pepper spray. I believe he would have followed directions if they would have given him any. Even when he is hit and taking that God awful pain, he did not freak out. That more than anything tells me he would have followed commands had they actually given him any.

Scattered
Scattered

He should not have received a cent. Police have to take precautions and put their life on the line every second. Look at that man's face. He was a menace and enraged and they used the least force they could. He was coming at THEM. They are not trained to react after the fact. They are trained officers who protect us and if you don't want pepper spray, handcuffed, shot or anything then by God obey the law, treat them with respect and don't challenge them or you get everything you deserve.

cspcapt
cspcapt

does he have to pay back all his welfare money back?

Duder1897
Duder1897

If you're 5'5 230 you should be in jail for being a loser.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Now that he knows how to get money, he'll do it again and again..

Sickandtired
Sickandtired

I am sure he could if he wanted to. He would have no trouble doing it. Finding a cop that will over react and use excessive force will be easy.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

If you walk around with a Fuck the Police shirt on expect to drink a gallon a pepper spray. Standard protocol for the every day asshole.


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