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False Arrest and Broken Jaw Results in $300,000 Michigan Jury Verdict

A Michigan man who sustained a broken jaw and related injuries during a false arrest was awarded $300,000.

Mr. Sharp was falsely arrested and detained for two weeks in a Detroit, Michigan jail. While confined and under guard escort, Sharp was assaulted. He "suffered a fractured jaw, requiring surgery, and a psychological breakdown, requiring institutionalization."

Sharp sued in state court, alleging assault and battery, and asserting that his injuries would not have occurred if not for his false arrest. Defendants denied liability, but in February, 1996, a jury ruled for Sharp, awarding him $300,000. See: Sharp v. City of Detroit, Wayne County Circuit Court, No. 94-432025-NO (1996 WL 696393).

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Sharp v. City of Detroit