Plaintiff contended that the police broke down his front door while helping his ex-girlfriend retrieve her belongings from his residence. Plaintiff further stated that he was calling 911 when the officers grabbed his phone and smashed it, broke his necklace, beat him without provocation, maced him and used racial slurs. Plaintiff sued for unlawful entry, excessive force, false arrest, malicious prosecution, severe emotional distress, and $2,180 in property damage. The ex-girlfriend testified for the Plaintiff stating she never said that she lived there and supporting his allegations of unprovoked beating, use of mace and racial slurs. Defendants maintained that they believed she lived there although they did not check.
Verdict: $2,600.00 ($600.00 for unlawful entry; $2,000 for excessive force; not guilty for false arrest and malicious prosecution; not guilty on punitive damages.
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