Accused pistol-whipping cop suing another agency for millions

The Prince George's County Police officer caught on tape pistol whipping a teenager last February is part of a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the Queen Anne's County Office of the Sheriff.  That's according to an attorney involved with the civil case.

One of the couple's attorneys tells ABC2 Donald Taylor, the husband of Kristy Murphy-Taylor, is involved in what he calls an unrelated matter to the civil case the pair has brought against Queen Anne's County Sheriff Gary Hofmann, his brother, John Hofmann, the Sheriff's office and the state of Maryland. 

The couple has filed a $10-million federal lawsuit , claiming the Sheriff and others in supervisor roles knew Murphy-Taylor was being harassed by Corporal John Hofmann, who is the Sheriff's brother.  Corporal Hofman eventually pleaded guilty to second degree assault related to a 2009 incident involving Murphy-Taylor.  His police certification was officially removed in 2011.

Meanwhile, Murphy-Taylor's husband, Corporal Donald Taylor has been charged with second degree assault, reckless endangerment, making false statements to police and misconduct in office related to an incident involving a 19-year-old man in February of this year.  In a video released yesterday, Corporal Taylor is seen swinging his gun, hitting Ryan Dorm in the face with the weapon.  Taylor's weapon also discharged.  In his original report, Corporal Taylor said Dorm was assaulting him and attempted to grab his weapon.

Corporal Taylor's trial has been set for this November.  The civil case brought by him and his wife was filed in August. 

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