Baltimore Man Hit with $1M Rioting Suit
A Baltimore man was sentenced to pay $1 million in restitution for puncturing a fire hose at a burning drugstore during last year’s riots, Reuters reports.
22-year-old Gregory Butler Jr., was also sentenced to 250 hours of community services and three years of supervised release for obstructing firefighters at a CVS pharmacy during riots following the police-involved death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.
The drugstore was set ablaze after Gray’s funeral in April 2015. His death heightened national debate on police treatment of minorities.
Butler admitted twice to puncturing the hose with a knife, and the incident was caught on video. The burning pharmacy became a symbol of unrest in the predominantly African-American city.
U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz ordered Butler to pay $100 a month during his supervised release, and a failure to pay could be a violation of his release, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Rod Rosentein said in an emailed statement.
After his supervisory release ends, Butler’s payment will be set based on his ability to pay. The restitution figure is based on lost rent from the building, lost income from the store, legal fees, and destruction of the hose, Motz said.