Don’t mess with Venus Green! That’s a lesson Baltimore police learned the hard way. When police showed up to Venus’ house without a warrant, the then 87-year-old woman told them to get lost.
However, when the officer charged in anyway, Venus took matters into her own hands. She locked the cop in her basement!
Now 90, the Baltimore woman was awarded $95,000 to settle her lawsuit alleging assault, false imprisonment, injuries, and misconduct by Police. “We thought we’d have a difficult time persuading a jury” to dismiss her case, said a city representative.
Described as “a well-educated, articulate, retired school principal” by elected official attorney George Nilson, Venus lawsuit stemmed from an incident in 2009, when Detective Mark Spila, Officer Kimberly Hanline, and Sergeant Darryl T. Collins responded to a call about a shootout involving Venus’ grandson.
According to the city’s representative: “the officers proceeded into Ms. Green’s house over her objections,” and they did not have a warrant. When one of the officers entered the basement to search for blood evidence, “Ms. Green locked the door behind him, whereupon a scuffle ensued between Officer Spila and Ms. Green.”
The elderly woman was no match for the cop. After sustaining a separated shoulder and other injuries, Venus was handcuffed. She was not arrested. “He dragged me, threw me across the chair, put handcuffs on me and just started calling me the B-name. He ridiculed me,” she said.
“This was my private home, and if I latched it, that was my prerogative because he had no search warrant to go in my basement. So, I had to right to latch it,” Venus said.
Turns out the city agreed, and after a long legal battle, Venus was awarded $95K.