A Brooklyn jury has awarded more than $500,000 to a man who sued the city for a broken ankle he suffered during an arrest for shoplifting.
The jury awarded Kevin Jarman $510,000 on Wednesday for the injury.
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/nyc- … e-24596922
So this action backs up the old adage,"crime pays"...
Seriously, you can not believe the shoplifting incident mitigates the negligence of the NYPD during the arrest process. If he had caused the injury to himself, the judgement would not likely have gone in his favor.
Negligence? I think you are being too generous. I think it is an outrageous award. One that I hope is overturned - in amount only. From the links, all that is available is speculation; 1) the reported story appears to indicate police misconduct. 2) the jury appeared to agree with that "alligation." So maybe the real details were all in the thief's favor.
So where did the $510,000 figure come from? Give the man a buck, (he was a shoplifter), and fire the cops under the most harsh conditions possible.
But don't give a thief half a million bucks for being a thief. $500,000 isn't going to "reform" the NYPD - so the money is in essence a travesty of justice. Justice would be to pay the man's medical bills, (which was probably already done), and excoriate the offending cops to send the right message.
As it stands, the message seems to be as the OP indicated... "crime pays." When the real message should have been NYPD cop crucified for ignorant and abusive behavior. If that was the case. I have looked no further than the offered links - maybe I missed something.
Shoplifting is a crime and the alleged perpetrator was awarded a large sum.
How he was injured,is not as important as why the jury awarded so much.
These situations set a dangerous precedent and some criminals may see a big payout.
if they fight police hard enough and get a good lawyer to plead their case of police brutality to a sympathetic jury, they will be rewarded..
Weeellll... I think how he was injured is important. Just because he is a crook does not give authorities a free pass for abuse.
But to your point, (and to mine made in my original response), rewarding the crook is absolutely the wrong answer. It is not justice, it is an aberration of justice. Sure, penalize the hell out of crooked or bad cops - but don't reward the crook to do it.
I think Your point about other crooks seeing the chance for a payday is a very valid one.
Many years ago, mid 60's, after graduating from the Orange Co CA Sheriffs Academy there was an incident in a county jail. An inmate tried to escape through the administration offices, slipped and fell on a recently mopped floor and he too, broke an ankle, sued and won with a shortened sentence and money.
Sometime you just stare.
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