A jury in New York recently awarded a fifty year old man $510,000 in a personal injury case. The plaintiff, Kevin Jarman, sued the city of New York in response to an injury he sustained while in police custody. Mr. Jarman was visiting a Pathmark supermarket in Queens on May 31, 2011 when a store employee noticed him attempting to shoplift a bag of shrimp. Police arrived and took him into custody. While handcuffed, he fell to the ground and broke his ankle. The plaintiff alleged that arresting officer was stepping on his foot, and at the same time pulled on his body, causing Jarman to fall and sustain injury. The broken ankle resulted in a nine day hospital stay in a Queens Hospital. The lawsuit also alleges that the officers mocked the plaintiff after he fell, and threatened to post video of the incident on the Internet. It took jurors in the case only a few hours to deliberate the matter. The city of New York may very well appeal the case, so the amount awarded could be reduced.
Interestingly, this was not the first time that Kevin Jarman has successfully sued the police. The New York Post reports that he sued on two previous occasions. in 2005 he settled a lawsuit for $15,000, after drugs related charges were dropped. He filed suit again in 2013, after different drug charges were dropped. It was eventually settled for $20,000.
People who are accused of crimes still have rights. A person who has been injured by the police while in custody might have grounds for a claim. A New York personal injury lawyer can help you with your case. If you have been injured by the police during an arrest, or at any time you were in police custody, you may have a basis to file a lawsuit. Contact us today, and we will review your case, and discuss your options with you.