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Newsline: Former Embassy of Qatar security officer seeking monetary damages from Maryland police

Steven Alexander was walking home with groceries after a night shift as an Embassy of Qatar special police officer in 2018 when a taser-drawn Maryland police officer approached him and demanded that he show his credentials. When Alexander refused, the officer pointed his firearm at him and demanded that he get on the ground. Once he was on the ground, the officer pepper-sprayed Alexander before putting him in handcuffs, according to a lawsuit obtained by Atlanta Black Star. (https://news.yahoo.com/did-nothing-wrong-other-walking-131300303.html) Alexander was never allowed to return to his job. The Qatar Embassy did not respond to requests for comment from Atlanta Black Star. Alexander wished the incident never happened. He was afraid to go public with the story out of fear that it may traumatize his family. In his lawsuit, he is seeking monetary damages. A jury must decide how much Alexander would be awarded. The state allows Alexander to get up to $400,000 in damages from a police officer. Lawmakers increased the cap to $600,000 starting in October 2021, but Alexander filed his case before the threshold was raised.

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