Police Brutality Verdicts and Wrongful Arrest Settlements

Certain police brutality cases, like the one involving Rodney King in Los Angeles, draw national attention. However, police brutality verdicts, wrongful arrest cases, and settlements with police departments and city governments aren't always dramatic, caught on video, and life-threatening.

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Below you'll find information about police brutality and wrongful arrest cases gathered from news sources around the country, demonstrating the range of cases, verdicts and settlements in policy brutality cases nationwide.*

*Results taken from recent news articles. Results not typical. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

City to Pay $885,000 In Alleged Police Brutality Case

Last week, the Denver City Council voted to pay out $885,000 to a teen who alleged he experienced police brutality when he was arrested.

He alleged that he was beaten during the arrest and even after he was handcuffed. The 16-year-old kid was seriously injured with a lacerated liver, injured kidneys and broken ribs.

A police officer has been charged with assault and his criminal case is pending. The incident started because the boy was suspected of drinking. When police tried to contact him, he ran and that's when he was apprehended and allegedly abused.

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$8 Million Awarded in Largest Police Misconduct Verdict

A Superior Court jury ordered the city of San Diego to pay $8 million in damages to Pablo Gomez, who fell into a coma after allegedly being knocked to the ground by a San Diego police officer. During an altercation in January of 2006, Officer Joseph De Veaux pushed the San Diego resident backwards, causing him to hit his head on the pavement. Gomez suffered a five-inch skull fracture and fell into a coma for about a month after the incident. Although the courtroom found that Gomez suffered $11.5 million in damages, the panel found both the city and Gomez negligent. The officer was never disciplined and has since left the department to work as a private contractor in Iraq.

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$16 Million Awarded to Man Falsely Convicted for Child Molestation

A jury awarded a Missouri man who spent more than five years in prison $14 million in actual damages and $2 million in punitive damages. The man was imprisoned on child molestation charges, for which he was acquitted from in 2005.

The court ruled that the man's ex-wife and a police officer, who were planning to marry each other, conspired to violate his fair-trial rights. His lawyers argued that the police officer read but intentionally neglected to seize the alleged molestation victim's diary, which could have been critical in the man's defense.

The police officer, who is still actively working for a Kansas police department, could be responsible for paying most of the judgment, but the city he works for will wind up with the bill after it settled its part of the case by agreeing to cover any judgment against the cop.

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$1 Million to Woman Claiming Excessive Force Used in Wrongful Arrest

After a 4-day trial, a federal court jury awarded $1,057,000 in damages to a single mother who claimed she was wrongfully arrested by an officer who also allegedly demonstrated excessive force. The verdict included $1 million in punitive damages.

The officer was dispatched to the woman's home to investigate a complaint about children playing in neighbors' yards. The woman said the officer approached her and threw her around, pepper sprayed her and then falsely charged her with resisting arrest. Key testimony came from a police sergeant who witnessed the event and testified on behalf of the woman. The city accepted liability for the verdict but may consider an appeal. The offending officer was first suspended for the incident and later fired. The felony charges against the woman were quickly dropped.

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County Settles Mistaken-Identity Arrest Lawsuit for $15,000

A woman recently settled her claim for $15,000 against a Washington State county for being falsely arrested on a warrant intended for another woman of the same name. The suspect police were really looking for was wanted on five counts of delivering methamphetamines. The woman continued her case against the arresting officer and the city the officer was employed by. The suit claimed the officer was negligent in identifying her as the suspect because the real suspect was 7 inches taller, 60 pounds lighter and had a different eye color than her.

The false arrest occurred in Spokane in 2005 after the woman reported her home had been burglarized. The responding officer arrested her and jailed her for two days, assuming she was the person they were looking for. She was finally released when someone who knew the real suspect recognized the mistake in identity.

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Former NFL Player Receives Settlement for Shooting by Off-Duty Cop

Former San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley settled with the city of San Diego for an undisclosed amount after he was shot in the left knee and hip in September 2006 by an off-duty police officer. The injuries suffered by Foley ended his career as a professional athlete. The District Attorney's office determined that the shooting was justified in an earlier investigation. Though initially undisclosed, the settlement amount will have to be made public, because it involves funds paid by the city.

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$350,000 for man beaten in failed drug raid

Jon Caldwell, from Toms River, New Jersey, reached a $350,000 settlement with the Dover Township Police Department to resolve a police brutality lawsuit he brought against the city when he was kicked and stomped on by police officers during a drug raid in 2004. According to Caldwell's suit, he was in an apartment measuring for curtains when police burst into the place on a tip that he was in the abandoned residence. Police did not have a warrant to search that apartment, but rather another one in the complex. Caldwell's suffered chest trauma and broken ribs in the incident, accumulating medical bills equaling nearly $100,000.

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$20,000 to photographer beaten for taking photos of police raid

Milwaukee, Wisconsin resident David Hollins, a freelance photographer, settled a lawsuit with the city to resolve a police brutality lawsuit he filed against the police department alleging that he was beaten and arrested by police for taking pictures of a police raid. According to Hollins' lawsuit, he was forced to the ground, pepper-sprayed, choked and kneed in the back during the altercation. The personal injury lawsuit also alleges that police destroyed his digital camera. Reportedly, the settlement was not enough to cover the $100,000 that Hollins has spent on personal injury attorney's fees and court costs.

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$49,000 to family for death by Taser

The family of a man who died after being shocked by a Taser by a Lubbock city police officer reached a $49,000 settlement with the city to resolve a lawsuit alleging wrongful death. Juan Nunez III died in April 2006 after an altercation with police officer Matt Doherty; his family's lawsuit claims that his death was a result of not establishing adequate policies for use of the Taser and failing to train officers properly. The coroner's report stated that alcohol, the Taser shocks and a blow to the head when Nunez fell all contributed to his death. The department does not admit wrongdoing as part of the settlement.

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$63,000 to Teen for Slapping Incident with Police

The family of a Salt Lake City high school student resolved a lawsuit with the City of Salt Lake over an incident of alleged police abuse by agreeing to a settlement of $63,000. According to the lawsuit, the 17-year-old boy was accosted by the officers outside of Highland High School and pulled by the ear to a police office in the high school where the officer slapped the boy and lifted him into the air by his ear. In addition to the settlement, the officer was reportedly fired for his misconduct; though he is also appealing that action.

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$100,000 for Wrongful DUI Arrest by Abusive Cop

A Tampa, Florida woman named Mary Beth Mazar reached a $100,000 settlement with Hillsborough County to resolve a wrongful arrest lawsuit she brought against a sheriff's deputy named Daniel Brock, who was fired after an internal affairs investigation revealed that he had abused power and falsely arrested drivers for DUI. Mazar's lawsuit claimed that Brock arrested her on for DUI despite the fact that a breath test found that she was not intoxicated. Brock also detained her 12-year-old daughter, who was with her at the time, for 12 hours without charge. News sources indicate that Mazar also settled an injury lawsuit with Brock, though the terms of that lawsuit were not disclosed.

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$30,000 for Wrongful Arrest Imprisonment

A Denver man settled with the city for a wrongful arrest incident, in which he was arrested and imprisoned for nine days without appearing in court, despite maintaining his innocence. According to news reports, the man was mistaken by police for the true suspect in the case, despite the fact that he was of a different race and did not resemble the man at all. The Denver City Council approved the sum in order to resolve the wrongful arrest lawsuit he had filed.

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$75,000 to Family for Killing of 17-Year-Old by Police Officers

A 17-year-old boy from Norman, Oklahoma was shot and killed by a city police officer in 2005. The boy's father recently settled an excessive force lawsuit with the city, pending approval by the city council, for $75,000. After allegedly committing armed robbery and leading police on a high-speed chase, the boy was shot by police officers in a case that was protested by several human rights organizations for alleged excessive force.

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$1.7 Million to Brothers Wrongfully Arrested for Videotaping Drug Raid

Two brothers in Harris County, Texas, settled a lawsuit for $1.7 million against the county for alleged violations of civil rights. Their lawsuit claimed that they were wrongfully arrested for videotaping a drug raid by the county sheriff's department at a neighbor's home. Officers arrested the two, breaking into their home and destroying the film in their camera. In addition to the compensation money, the county will be responsible for legal fees and court costs. In the investigation, news sources indicate, racially and sexually explicit e-mails were discovered on the computer of the district attorney involved in the case.

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$800,000 to Family for Wrongful Death in Police Shooting

A Riverside, California man named Douglas Steven Cloud was shot and killed by officers of the Riverside Police Department, and the department recently settled a wrongful death lawsuit with his family for $800,000. Cloud had encountered officers who approached him after he stole a paint sprayer from Home Depot and crashed his car in the attempted getaway. Two officers called to the accident scene shot at the car as they approached, striking and killing him.

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$85,000 to Man for Forcibly Removing Child without Court Order

The Greene County sheriff's department settled a lawsuit for $85,000 over allegations that deputies intervened in a custody dispute without a court order. According to reports, Michael Morris and his wife were engaged in a custody battle over a toddler-age child who had been living with her father. The deputies forcibly took the child from Morris, and handcuffed and jailed him for half an hour in order to return the child to the wife. The lawsuit also alleged that the deputies trespassed on Morris's property.

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$250,000 Settlement for Wrongful Death in Police Drug Bust Killing

The Louisville Metro government reached a $250,000 settlement to resolve a wrongful death lawsuit filed against it by the mother of a 19-year-old fatally shot in a mistaken drug bust. The lawsuit alleged that the officer who shot the boy used excessive force, a sentiment echoed by an internal affairs investigation that found that the officer did not face an immediate threat and had other options available to him. However, a jury acquitted the officer of murder, manslaughter and reckless homicide. The mother stated that she agreed to the settlement to avoid the possibility of going to trial, in light of the previous decision in the criminal trial.

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$1 million to mother for son's shooting death by Cleveland police

The mother of a Cleveland teenager who was shot and killed by police reached a settlement of $1 million to resolve a wrongful death lawsuit with the city of Cleveland. The 16-year-old boy was shot in 2002 while riding in a stolen car. Officers also shot and killed the car's driver. The city chose the settlement to avoid exposing the officers to personal liability in the incident, though the two had been cleared of wrongdoing in the shooting incident by a grand jury.

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$3 Million for Wrongful Death in Santa Cruz Jail

The family of a Santa Cruz man reached a $3 million settlement with the county over a wrongful death lawsuit claiming that the county was responsible for the man's death. After being arrested for violating a restraining order, the man was becoming agitated and banging his head against the jail cell door, so staff placed him in a restraining chair. Several minutes later, he died, despite cries that he was not able to breathe. The payout will come from a county risk management pool.

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$100,000 to Pizza Vendor for Broken Face Bones in Arrest

A man from Worcester, Massachusetts received a $100,000 settlement from the city for excessive force by the city police department during an arrest in 2002. Daniel Houde operated a mobile food stand from which he sold pizza after the Palladium theater in downtown Worcester decided not to allow him to operate within the premises. When the owners of the theater found out that Houde was still selling his food outside the building and outselling their pizza vendor, they called the police. During the arrest, police broke nine bones in Houde's face, leading to the lawsuit that has now been resolved.

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$55,000 to Foreign Detainees for Being Drugged by U.S. Government

The United States government agreed to settle a lawsuit for $55,000 filed by two foreign nationals, natives of Senegal and Indonesia, who claimed that they were drugged by US immigration officials while they were being detained for deportation. One foreign citizen who was appealing his case for political asylum was allegedly sedated with anti-psychotic drugs at a detention facility in San Pedro, California. The other claimed he was medicated while on a commercial plane in Los Angeles International Airport; he was pursuing permanent legal status at the time. Both men will be allowed to stay in the United States for two years.

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$50,000 to Woman for False Arrest over Bad Check

A resident of Greer, South Carolina agreed to a $50,000 settlement with the city to halt a lawsuit alleging she was falsely arrested. According to the lawsuit, a Greer police officer cuffed and arrested the woman at her home in February 2006 for writing a bad check, though she had already made restitution and the warrant had been dismissed by the city in November 2002. The money for the settlement will come out of the city's insurance policy.

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$275,000 for police brutality during loud music complaint

The city of Sorrento, Texas reached a $275,000 settlement with a Sabinal, Texas man named Daniel Moody to dismiss his lawsuit of police brutality and excessive force during an arrest in 2004. The lawsuit alleges that former officer Andre Cavalier attacked Moody unprovoked after a neighbor made a loud music complaint and Moody, chaperoning a group of high school kids, agreed to turn down the music. According to eyewitnesses, Cavalier sprayed Moody with pepper spray and beat him with a nightstick while yelling at the students. Moody was arrested for disturbing the peace by intoxication, battery on a police officer and resisting arrest. Cavalier left the Sorrento Police Department and is now a detective with the Westwego Police Department.

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$90,000 for Taser Use to Coerce Epilepsy Victim

A Lakewood, Washington man named William Grider, and his wife, Kathy, settled with the city for $90,000 to resolve a lawsuit that the couple filed against the city, police department, police chief and four officers. The Griders' lawsuit alleged that officers used a Taser inappropriately after William Grider refused medical help following an epileptic seizure. When Grider resisted officers' attempts to force him to see a doctor, the suit alleges, the officers shocked him with a Taser, punched him in the face, handcuffed him and took him to the hospital against his will. In addition to the monetary compensation to resolve the lawsuit, the city agreed to revise its Taser use policy.

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$600,000 Settlement for Wrongful Imprisonment

The State of Ohio arrived at a settlement of $600,000 with Kenneth Moore, a man who was sentenced to 15 years to life after admitting responsibility for a fatal shooting, on the basis that he did not receive proper counsel during his original trial. The appeal that Moore filed during his tenth year in prison found that he was actually found not guilty by a jury, despite witness accounts and his own admission. Therefore, he filed the lawsuit for wrongful imprisonment, and the state agreed to compensation to the tune of $600,000 to resolve the lawsuit.

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$500,000 for Death of Father in Police Custody

The widow of a Rochester man named Shawn Dukes settled for $500,000 to resolve a wrongful death lawsuit against the city for the death of her husband while in custody of Rochester Police. Dukes died of a heart attack while handcuffed in the back of a police van after he called 911 for help. An autopsy report displayed cocaine in Dukes' system and an enlarged heart, which were listed as contributing factors in his death. While the police maintain that the arrest was not unjust, the mayor's office stated that officers should not have left Dukes unattended. Portions of the settlement amount are to be set aside for Dukes' children, who will receive $72,834 each, disbursed in annual payments over 50 years.

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$20 Million to Former Inmates Tortured by Chicago Police

Former death row inmates Stanley Howard, Madison Hobley, Leroy Orange and Aaron Patterson settled a lawsuit for $19.8 million alleging that former police commander Jon Burge supervised their torture in order to gain confessions of a murder. The torture alleged by the lawsuit included beatings and electric shocks. The four men were pardoned by former Illinois Governor George Ryan in 2003, and now they will split the nearly $20 million for their victimization at the hands of Burge and his men. This settlement comes at time when the Chicago Police Department has been under heavy scrutiny for its dramatically high number of complaints for abuse and brutality.

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Illegal Immigrant Paid $1.5 Million for Losing Leg in Unsanitary Jail

A Park County, Colorado man named Moises Carrarnza-Reyes, who was arrested and in custody for a violation of immigration law, has reached a settlement with the county to resolve a lawsuit he filed after he lost part of his leg due to an illness while he was in the detention center. Carranza-Reyes was held in 2003 in the Park County jail, where he claimed that the overcrowded jail with its unsanitary conditions and poor heating led to his development of a staph infection and then gangrene, an illnesses that took part of his leg and put him into intensive care for two months. Without revealing details of the case, the news reports indicated that the county and other undisclosed defendants agreed to pay Carranza-Reyes $1.5 million, which will be paid for by the county's insurance company.

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$210,000 Settlement for Prisoner Beat by Corrections Officers

Brown County in Ohio has reached a $210,000 settlement with a former inmate of the Brown County Detention Center, James Worthington, who alleges that he was unfairly treated in jail. Worthington filed the lawsuit with two other inmates, seeking $3 million for beatings at the hands of both prisoners and officers at the detention facility. The suit claims that several deputy sheriffs participated in beating Worthington on multiple occasions following a verbal incident with a female corrections officer who was the wife of one of the deputies listed as responsible for the beatings.

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Minneapolis Police Officer Receives $4.5 Million for Mistaken Identity Shooting

A former Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer has settled a lawsuit for $4.5 million against the city of Minneapolis for being shot by a fellow police officer while working undercover in 2003. In February of that year, Duy Ngo was doing undercover gang surveillance when he was shot in his car. He radioed for help and dragged himself into the street, waving his arms at the officers who responded. Instead of helping him, the two officers mistook him for a suspect and shot him with a semiautomatic machine gun. Ngo received six bullet wounds from the shooting. According to news reports, it is the largest settlement ever involving a Minneapolis police officer.

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Chicago Man Wins $4 Million from Chicago Police for Search Violation

A Chicago man reached a $4 million settlement with the City of Chicago over violations that took place during a run-in with Chicago Police 3 years ago. Coprez Coffie, a grocery store employee who was searched by police officers, alleged in the suit that police inserted a screwdriver into his buttocks while searching for drugs. The jury found after three days of deliberation that the accused officers had indeed committed the violation, and lawyers had agreed beforehand that if the jury found in favor of Coffie, he would receive $4 million. The trial came at the same time as news that Chicago will disband its elite drug and gang squad because of repeated misconduct including recent charges ranging from armed violence and home invasion to kidnapping and plotting a murder-for-hire.

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New Hampshire Man Settles for $80,000 for Excessive Force by Police

Michael Pelhaus, a resident of Pelham, New Hampshire, reached a settlement of $80,000 with the city of Nashua, New Hampshire to resolve a suit in which he claimed that a traffic stop in the city in 2004 led to several personal injuries. When officers stopped him, they claimed that he tried to run them over in his van, prompting the officers to shoot at him, wounding his hand and resulting in the loss of an index finger. Pelhaus also alleges that officers broke his nose during the arrest. After being convicted and serving 10 months for charges of reckless conduct, leaving the scene of an accident, resisting arrest, disobeying police, and driving after suspension, Pelhaus sued the police department for civil rights violations. He alleged that the officers used excessive force when they arrested him.

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$2.5 Million Settlement for Police Car Ramming Thief

An Anaheim man settled for $2.5 million to stop a lawsuit he brought against the city claiming that he suffered internal injuries after a police car ran over him on a sidewalk. The car was pursuing Jose Munoz, and at the time he was rammed into from behind, he had stopped fleeing and his hands were in the air, according to police reports. The final number of the suit has not yet been determined, since Munoz's medical bills cost at least $3.5 million, and it has not been determined how much of this amount that the city will cover.

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Chicago Area Woman Settles for $150,000 for Sexual Victimization by Police

The city of Harvey, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, reached a $150,000 settlement with a woman who was forced to perform a sex act on a former Harvey police officer. According to the lawsuit filed against the city by Ranicka Stone, the officer forced her to perform oral sex on him to avoid her arrest in May 2005. The officer resigned from the police department following the incident, pleading guilty to official misconduct. The lawsuit also alleged that this behavior in officers has become a pattern.

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Mother Receives $700,000 for Death of Jailed Son

The mother of an 18-year-old who died in the Mille Lacs (Minnesota) County Jail has received a settlement agreement of $700,000 from the county. Brandon Brown, of Brainerd, Minnesota, suffered a head injury in a car accident, and was arrested and taken to the county jail five hours later, on an unrelated charge. Brown had pleaded with officers for three days to let him see doctor, but it was not until a jailor noticed how severe his condition was that he was taken to a hospital. He died shortly thereafter of acute bacterial meningitis.

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Alaska Man Settles for $575,000 after Excessive Force with Taser

The state of Alaska has reached a $575,000 settlement with Kevin Patrick after three years of appealing a jury verdict of $1 million awarded in 2004 for a police brutality lawsuit. Patrick claimed that Alaska State Trooper Eric Spitzer used excessive force while arresting Patrick, shocking him with a Taser repeatedly while handcuffed. Patrick was accused of assaulting a police officer with a shovel, escaping from a cell while on a bathroom break and driving drunk on a snowmobile. Police considered Patrick dangerous and possibly suicidal before his arrest. This is not the first time that Spitzer has been accused of using excessive force during an arrest: this is the fourth time Spitzer has been named in a police brutality lawsuit, with three resulting in a state settlement.

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Tennessee Police Brutality Case Settled for $114,000

A high-profile police brutality lawsuit from Chattanooga, Tennessee has recently been settled for $114,000, a far lower amount than the $20 million that the victims of the excessive force were originally seeking. Jason McCollum and Matthew Jones, who had been drinking before the September 2004 incident, were allegedly evading police and led them in a high speed chase that started in Georgia. When they were finally apprehended, they were allegedly beaten and stunned with Tasers while handcuffed. Much of the incident was caught on tape. The settlement will be divided between the two men, with $42,000 going to McCollum and $72,000 going to Jones, who was more severely injured.

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Minnesota Man Gets $778,000 for Police Brutality in Mistaken Arrest

A federal jury has recently awarded Al Hixon, from Golden Valley, Minnesota, a total of $778,000 for violation of civil rights when they found two officers from the Golden Valley Police Department liable for excessive force, brutality and assault during a mistaken arrest. On April 2, 2005 Hixon had pulled into a gas station next to what he did not know at the time was a getaway van for a bank robbery. When officers arrived at the station to catch the bank robber, they mistakenly subdued Hixon first, allegedly beating him as they brought him to the ground and spraying him with pepper spray after arrest. He was taken to the police department and booked before they realized their error. The award contains $328,000 in compensatory damages and $450,000 in punitive damages. With the addition of attorneys' fees, the total award will equal more than $1 million.

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Alabama Man Flips Bird to Cop, Awarded $3,000 for Arrest

The city of Mobile, AL was ordered to pay a man the amount of $3,000 as a result of an incident in which he was arrested for disorderly conduct for raising his middle finger to a police officer. In the court trial for the case, 56-year-old Addison DeBoi pled not guilty and was acquitted. He later sued the city because he believed that the officer acted inappropriately and trumped up the charges in order to get DeBoi convicted. In the ruling, the judge declared that precedent dictates that police officers must have "thicker skin" than a normal citizen.

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Family Awarded $700,000 for Death of Father in Police Custody

The U.S. District Court for Wayne County, Ohio recently awarded a total of $700,000 to the family and estate of Joel Hollenbaugh as a result of Hollenbaugh's death while in custody of the Wooster, Ohio police department for DUI that resulted in an accident. The family sued Wayne County and the Wooster Police Department, alleging that the police were deliberately indifferent to the condition of their father, who was vomiting blood and in and out of consciousness while in their custody. They claimed that despite his obviously ill condition, the police did not call for assistance, which resulted in the death of the 46-year-old man. The judge determined that the county will pay $500,000, and the city, $200,000.

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Bronx Man Awarded $9.8 Million for False Imprisonment

A 22-year-old man from the Bronx in New York City was awarded $9.8 million from the city after he was imprisoned for 11 months for a murder he did not commit. In 2001, at the age of 17, Keiwan Sital found himself in a Halloween night skirmish with some friends when they were approached by members of a Bronx street gang. Sital was involved to the point of separating two others fighting, but left for home shortly thereafter. Less than an hour later, a young man was shot and killed at the intersection where the scrap occurred, and Sital found himself caught up in a process that he couldn't stop. Witnesses from the gang identified him as the murderer, and the police would not acknowledge differing accounts from other witnesses who vouched for Sital's innocence. Later, while in prison, Sital was the victim of no less than three attacks by inmates. The award includes $2.7 million for false arrest and $7.1 for malicious prosecution.

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180,000 settlement in Police Brutality Case

Intervening in a crime is certainly a noble thing to do, but a man from Waukegan, Illinois wishes the results had turned out better. According to the Lake Country News-Sun, Roy Castillo saw police officers beating a man they were arresting on a street corner outside his home in April 2005. He rushed to the scene of the attack and confronted the officers on behalf of the victim, yelling to stop them from committing any further harm. In response, the officers turned on Castillo himself, beating him and spraying him with mace. Castillo was also arrested, though he was released after charges against him were dropped. His case cited the officers for excessive force, false arrest and malicious prosecution, and was concluded with the acceptance of the $180,000 settlement offered by the city.

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$240,000 settlement approved for police brutality

An Atlantic City resort recently paid $240,000 to a Brooklyn man who claimed that city police used excessive force when they broke bones in his face while arresting him. John McLaughlin was one of a dozen people who rented a bus and rode in from New York City in 2003 to attend his brother Peter McLaughlin's bachelor party. After their group was asked to leave a bar, McLaughlin was arrested after he tried to intervene with a separate arrest on the Boardwalk allegedly because he thought the officers were using excessive force. The brothers wound up being arrested with John being kicked in the face and repeatedly beaten after he lost consciousness. McLaughlin was hospitalized for his police brutality injuries. McLaughlin's federal lawsuit identified the resort officers Domenico Raddi Jr. and Michael Camp as the primary aggressors. Domenico Raddi left the police force in 2006, and the police chief Arthur Snellbaker retired in 2005. When McLaughlin filed suit, he named the Trump Taj Mahal Resort, Raddi, Camp, and the former police chief during the allegation. Camp remains on the force.

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$1.5 million for broken leg

A man who was injured when his leg was broken by jailhouse deputies will receive $1.5 million to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit. Michael Andrews claimed deputies used excessive force when he was booked into jail in 2005 on suspicion of public intoxication and vandalizing a pickup truck at a motel. The former security guard's leg was broken just below the knee and required two surgeries.

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$5.7 million for police rampage

The surviving members of the Williams' family will receive a $2.3 million settlement after their parents were murdered by a New Jersey trooper in 2002. Seaside Heights Patrolman Edward L. Lutes used his department-issued MP5 machine gun to shoot and kill Gail Galliano, her husband Dominick and their son Christopher along with two members of the Williams family, Gary and his wife Tina. The Lutes and the Gallianos were neighbors in the East Dover section of Toms River and the Williamses lived on an adjacent street. The Williams family's settlement has already been finalized while the $3.4 million Galliano settlement is pending approval in U.S. District Court. It was the worst mass murder in Ocean County history.

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$1.3 million awarded for FBI shooting

The Federal government has agreed to pay out a $1.3 million settlement to a man who was mistakenly shot by an FBI officer in 2002. Joseph C. Schultz was pulled over by FBI agent Christopher Braga, who was searching for a bank robber at the time. Thinking Schultz was reaching for a gun, Braga opened fire and shattered Schultz's jaw with the bullet. Schultz survived but underwent reconstructive surgery to repair his face.

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$2 million for restraint chair death

The family of a man who died after being strapped into a restraint chair in an Arizona jail in 2005 will receive a $2 million settlement from Maricopa County. The parents and children of Clint Yarbrough filed a wrongful-death lawsuit last November and the settlement amount was recently released by the County Board of Supervisors. Authorities said that Yarbrough had methamphetamine in his system when he was restrained in the jail restraint chair, but no doctor was consulted before doing so. County rules mandate that medical consultation should occur before potential inmates are restrained in these "controversial devices."

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$1.1 million awarded for police shooting

The Alexandria City Council in Virginia recently approved a $1.1 million settlement with the family of a teen who was shot to death by a police officer earlier this year. Officer Carl Stowe had been working off-duty at an International House of Pancakes when he chased Aaron Brown and his friends out of the restaurant for not paying their bill. Brown and his friends climbed into their Jeep and attempted to escape. From here, there are two accounts in regards to the shooting. The first account, provided by Brown's friends, states that Stowe fired at the car from a distance to keep the vehicle from leaving the parking lot. The second account said that the officer fired after the vehicle swerved toward him. This account was supported by other witnesses, the Jeep passengers' initial statements and by Stowe, who did not face criminal charges.

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$10.5 million awarded for police shooting

A New York jury recently awarded $10.5 million to a Bronx mother whose son was shot by a police officer in 2000. Malcolm Ferguson was unarmed when he was shot and killed during a struggle with plain-clothed police officer Louis Rivera. The death was ruled accidental. The award was granted in the form of punitive damages for wrongful death. Rivera is still on active duty with the NYPD; however he now works a desk job and is no longer allowed to carry a gun.

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$4 million for fatal prison cell beating

The family of a man who was fatally beaten in a New Jersey jail will receive $4 million under a settlement for a federal wrongful death lawsuit. Sharon Clark and Devra Seidel filed the suit in 2004 after their 65-year-old father Joel Siedel was found dead in his cell in the jail's mental health ward. Siedel's 35-year-old cellmate Marvin Lister, who had a history of violence, was accused of choking, beating and stomping Siedel. Despite the settlement, Lister was found not guilty by reason of insanity last year.

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$210,000 for deputy assault

A federal jury recently awarded $210,000 in punitive damages to a former Los Angeles County Jail inmate who was allegedly assaulted by sheriff's deputies in 1998. Former inmate Anthony Albert Jimenez contended that the deputies assaulted him three separate times at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility, the most serious allegation involving a beating on the head with a metal flashlight.

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$1 million for Police Mauling

The Chicago City Council Finance Committee approved that the city would pay nearly $2 million to settle the remaining claims brought by people who were shot by police on the night of the Bulls' 1998 championship win. That night, police officers opened fire on a car which jumped a sidewalk curb and sped toward them along Roosevelt Road near Pulaski Road. At least six passengers were hit, including three who were riding on the car's hood and two who were sitting in the open trunk. The police officers were not disciplined after the shooting. The settlement will be split among five people whose injuries ranged from a man with four wounds to a man who said he was grazed by a bullet but did not seek medical attention. In the end, the city will have paid $4 million in civil lawsuits resulting from the shooting.

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$1 million for Police Mauling

A U.S. District Court jury recently awarded over $1,052,000 to a man who was injured by Kenniwick constables after a police dog followed a wrong scent into his home. Ken Rogers was asleep in his home when Deke, the police dog, locked jaws onto him and bit him several times on the hand, back, neck and face while three officers beat him. The jury agreed that the plaintiff's Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable seizure were violated by the city. Rogers and his wife were awarded compensatory and punitive damages.

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$35,000 for Broken Thumb

The city of Cedar Falls, Iowa has $35,000 to a woman who claimed a city police officer broke her thumb during a fight at a junior high football game. Tracey Toles had sued the city and officer Joel Oltrogge, who has since lost his job. Toles claimed that Oltrogge had thrown her daughter to the ground during the game and put his knee into her back. Fighting ran rampant on and off the field late in the fourth quarter. When Toles questioned her daughter's apparent arrest, Oltrogge grabbed her thumb and forced her arm behind her back. She would later require surgery on her thumb.

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$6.4 jury award to man who was wrongly jailed

The Cook County Board agreed to pay $950,000 to settle a claim filed by the family of an inmate who died after being denied medical care at the Cook County Jail in 2002. Marie O'Donnell-Smith was arrested on a shoplifting charge and collapsed in jail on account of heroin withdrawal symptoms, according to court documents. A doctor testified that the 38-year-old woman would have lived if her requests for medical attention had been granted. The Cook County Sheriff's office previously agreed to pay $50,000 to the victim's family, bringing the total payment to $1 million.

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$6.4 jury award to man who was wrongly jailed

A jury awarded $6.4 million to a man who was wrongfully jailed for nine months before being exonerated. Keith Longtin claimed that the police's determination that he confessed to the murder of his wife, following a 39-hour interrogation, was untrue. After spending nine months in jail, DNA evidence cleared Longtin of the crime. The jury award includes $5.2 million in compensatory damages, and $1.2 million in punitive damages.

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$14 Million for Man Wrongfully Put on Death Row

A U.S. District Court in Louisiana awarded $14 million to a man who was wrongfully convicted of murdering a hotel executive in 1984 and put on death row for years before he was cleared of the charges. John Thompson of Louisiana claimed that he was wrongfully convicted of killing hotel executive Ray Liuzza and that the District Attorney's office suppressed evidence that showed he did not commit the crime. Thompson was on death row for many years before a crime lab report and DNA tests cleared him. Thompson was freed from death row after an Appellate court ordered a new trial and he was exonerated.

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$10,000 Settlement Reached For Police Brutality and False Arrest

In Louisiana, two brothers brought a lawsuit against the Shreveport Police department for an incident that occurred in September 2003. The brothers alleged that Kevin Strickland, an officer with the department, caused Corey Blanchard to get hurt during a confrontation at a steakhouse. The settlement was reached one day before the trial was set to begin. Justin Blanchard will receive $6,500 and Corey Blanchard will receive $3,500.

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$200,000 Settlement for Pittsburgh Police Brutality Incident

An off-duty police sergeant allegedly roughed up Devin Werling in a 2004 incident at a restaurant in Oakland, Pennsylvania. The Original Hot Dog Shop employed sergeant Mark Eggleton in his off duty hours. However, the city is still responsible for any actions involving police officers on or off duty. The Pittsburgh City Council tentatively approved the $200,000 settlement for Devin Werling's personal injury claim.

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$600,000 Awarded to Three Victims of Police Brutality

After an arrest at the Saw Mill Tavern in Seaside in 2004, Joese Roman, Melanie Bruno and Melissa Bruno claimed they were victims of police brutality. A jury originally rejected two allegations of excessive force, but found that other allegations of excessive force and falsifying police records were valid. The second phase of the trial, where damages would have been determined, was terminated when the parties reached a $600,000 settlement.

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City of Chicago to Pay $5.25 Million for Man Fatally Shot by Police

The city of Chicago has settled with the family of Cornelius Ware, a 20-year-old paraplegic man who was shot and killed in 2003 by Chicago police during a routine traffic stop. The city reportedly settled with the family for that amount after a Federal Court jury found the city liable for the death of Ware. The jury reportedly rejected police claims that they thought Ware had been armed. Attorneys for the family had claimed that Chicago police had planted a gun at the scene that had no fingerprints, and no blood on it. The city settled the case before a penalty based on the verdict could be determined.

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Michigan State Police to Pay $650k for Fatal Shooting

Michigan State Police have settled with the family of Jesalynn Simons, who was fatally shot by a Michigan State Police trooper in 2004. A judge in Lenawee County, MI accepted the settlement after the judge rejected an assertion by Michigan State Police that the trooper had acted in self-defense. Both sides have agreed that Michigan State Police have admitted no fault or liability in the case.

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$5 Million for Incarcerated Doctor's Death

Physician Dies of Alcohol Withdrawal While in Jail A U.S. District Court in Michigan approved a $5.085 million settlement for the death of a physician who died in a Berrien County Jail cell in 2002, where he was serving three days in jail for showing up at a probation meeting intoxicated. The lawsuit against the Berrien County Sheriff's Department, filed by the physician's family, charged that Dr. David Alan Speers had been deliberately ignored by officers while experiencing delirium tremens (DT), which can result from severe alcohol withdrawal. DT can be deadly if not treated medically. The settlement denied wrongdoing on the part of the Sheriff's Department.

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$45k to Teen Who Was Forced By Cop to Strip, Model Lingerie

A Blount County Circuit Judge in Tennessee has approved a $45,000 settlement for a 17-year old woman who claimed a Blount County police officer forced her to put on sexy lingerie and perfume, then photographed her partially nude. An investigation into the case by a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation continues.

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$335,000 Settlement for Lost Eye; Excessive Force by Police

The city of Norfolk, VA has agreed to pay Thomas James Frazier $335,000 for an incident in 2003 which ended in Frazier having an eye surgically removed. Frazier was arrested for selling heroin to an undercover police officer. During his arrest, Frazier claimed that while handcuffed, the officer struck him in the face, injuring his eye and ultimately requiring its surgical removal. The city has agreed to pay a $335,000 settlement after Frazier filed an excessive force lawsuit.

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Vermont City to Pay $150,000 for Killing Suicidal Man

The city of Brattleboro, VT has agreed to pay $150,000 to the family of Robert "Woody" Woodward for a 2001 fatal incident in which Woodward entered a church, threatened himself with a knife, and talked about political assassinations. Brattleboro police officers were called to the scene and reportedly shot Woodward seven times. Woodward's family filed suit, claiming that police used excessive force and should not have shot and killed the man. The family is going to donate half of the money to charity.

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$150,000 to Prison Inmates for Inhumane Conditions

The Hillsborough County Department of Corrections in New Hampshire will pay $150,000 to two inmates, Palacio Paladin and Richard West, for locking them in their cells for days at a time, cutting off water to their sinks and toilets, and not supplying them with toilet paper in solitary confinement. The two men couldn't get pencils or paper to file complaints about their treatment.

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$310,000 verdict in police incident

An Alabama jury ordered a $310,000 verdict after three young men were unlawfully arrested, detained, and beaten up by police. After a dispute at a party, officers arrived on the scene with their guns drawn. The jury decided that this was an overreaction, and that an unlawful arrest had taken place.

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$150,000 in prison case

A New Hampshire jury awarded men $150,000 after they were unjustly confined to solitary confinement while in prison. The jury determined that conditions in the solitary confinement conditions were harsher that was necessary to detain the men involved. Some of the men spent months in solitary confinement.

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$6 million settlement in police brutality case

The City of Baltimore settled with Jeffrey Alston, who was rendered a quadriplegic during an arrest by police, for $6 million. According to news reports, Alston said that, after his arrest, three additional officers arrived at the scene and that he "was handcuffed, put in leg irons, strip-searched, put in a headlock/chokehold and then thrown headfirst" into the back of a police van.

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$500,000 award in police shooting

Two New Mexico residents were awarded $500,000 by a jury after sustaining injuries as a result of a police shooting. A parking lot altercation brought police officer Jerold Taft Tracy to the location where he discharged his firearm, believing that the driver of a pickup truck was attempting to run over another individual. The single shot wounded Crystal DeYapp and Junior Juarez, both of whom were in the truck.

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$500,000 settlement in police taser death

The family of a man who was injured, and subsequently died, after police shocked him with tasers, received a combined settlement of $500,000 from Lawrence and Monroe counties in Indiana. The family claimed wrongdoing when police arrested and attempted to restrain Joseph Stockdale, though investigations into police conduct continue.

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$46,000 award to victims of police brutality

Two San Francisco men, Adam Snyder and Jade Santoro, received a $46,000 award after it was determined that police officers committed battery against them outside a pub. Snyder suffered minor injuries and Santoro suffered a broken nose and a gash on his head.

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$1 million award for police shooting injury

A Phoenix man who was shot and injured by a police officer received a $1 million award. A police officer shot Gerardo Ramirez-Diaz in the abdomen following an encounter at a storage business. Though the officer was cleared by the police department, a jury decided that Ramirez-Diaz was not intimidating enough a physical presence to warrant the use of a firearm.

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