On Tuesday, a jury awarded $22 million to an Ohio man who sued the city of East Cleveland and two police officers for beating him while handcuffed and throwing him into a storage closet.
Arnold Black, 48, was stopped in 2012 for suspected drug activity, handcuffed and beaten so severely that he suffered memory loss and required brain surgery, Reuters wrote. The police mistook Black’s car for a suspect’s who they believed had cocaine, the New Daily News wrote.
Black said one of the officers who detained him, Detective Randy Hicks, appeared drunk and asked numerous times with slurred speech where drugs were sold in town, said court documents. Hicks then repeatedly struck Black in the head, locked him in a police station storage closet and was kept there for four days without food and water. Black was even forced to use the bathroom on himself, Reuters noted.
“I knocked on the door and was like, ‘Can anybody hear me? Can anybody? I’ve got to use the bathroom,’” Black recalled. “Nobody ever answered.”
“My client suffered mercilessly,” DiCello told the newswire service.
To add insult to injury, a grand jury indicted Black on cocaine charges two months his horrible ordeal, despite the fact that the police had no evidence against him. Thankfully, the case was later dropped and Black filed his lawsuit in 2014, the Daily News noted.
“I hope what the city learns in this case is that eight people stood up for the rights of ordinary people,” Dicello told FOX 8 News.
Good for you Mr. Black. No one should be treated like that.