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Excessive Force, Broken Arm by West Virginia Police Nets Mentally Ill Woman $7,410

A 71-year-old mentally ill West Virginia Woman was awarded $7,410 for excessive force, resulting in a fractured humerus. Mrs. Willis, a 71-year-old mentally ill woman, was detained at the Wood County Sheriff’s Office. Guards attempted to take a cigarette case from her, fracturing her upper arm in the process.

Mrs. Willis and her husband sued in state court, alleging excessive force and loss of consortium. Defendants denied liability but in December, 1996, a jury ruled in favor of plaintiffs. Mrs. Willis was awarded $2,410 for past medical expenses and $5,000 for pain and suffering, totaling $7410. See: Willis v. Wood County Commission, Case No. 95-C-472 (W. Va. Cir. Ct. Wood Cty. (1996 WL 746340).

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Willis v. Wood County Commission