False Arrest / Police Brutality

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  • Md. Man Wins Police Abuse Suit; Jury Awards $900,000 in Pr. George’s
    Washington Post- November 3, 2000
    “A jury awarded more than $900,000 in damages yesterday to a Hyattsville man after finding that he was beaten by a Prince George’s County police officer who arrested him in a case of mistaken identity…The police struck Simms in the head and knees, “pounding him to the ground,” before realizing they had detained an innocent man, said Steven D. Kupferberg, one of Simms’s attorneys.”
  • Why Baltimore settled this case is the $200,000 question
    The Daily Record – July 5, 2010
    “It turned out that the man the police arrested, an immigrant, had not yet arrived in this country when the crime at issue occurred, and he was able to prove it, Nilson said. But the damage had already been done to his reputation…the man’s encounter with the police became “instantly public and went viral in the person’s community,” Nilson said. The man hired a lawyer, sued, and ended up negotiating the $200,000 settlement.”

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