A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff Juanita Young $1,350,000 for injuries caused by the use of excessive force during an arrest.
Ms. Young was arrested and later acquitted for trespassing in her own apartment. During the arrest, Ms. Young, who is legally blind, was handcuffed from behind, with her children watching, and taken to the top of the stairs to exit the building. While Ms. Young was descending the stairs, the police officer shoved Ms. Young in the back, causing her to fall down the stairs. While she was on the ground, the police officer pulled Ms. Young up from the ground by the handcuffs and again pushed her down the stairs, causing Ms. Young to fall for the second time. Ms. Young was eventually taken to the hospital by ambulance. Ms. Young suffered a tear of a muscle in the right wrist that required surgical intervention.
The jury awarded $600,000 for past pain and suffering, $500,000 for future pain and suffering, and $250,000 for excessive imprisonment.