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Scuffle With Guards Earns New York Prisoner $250

A New York prisoner who was subjected to excessive force was awarded $250.

Mr. McNeill, a 25-year-old New York prisoner being transferred within the prison, was tripped and kicked by guards. He suffered facial lacerations, a bloody nose, and abrasions on his body. When he complained that the handcuffs were too tight, guards tightened them more, and threw him into a van.

McNeill sued in state court. Guards claimed that all prisoners “resisted being moved and had to be physically pushed or dragged.” The court found that photographs of McNeill “which showed no injuries, were…fabrications.” In September 1991, the court “concluded that excessive force was used” but awarded McNeill only $250. See: McNeill v. New York, NY Ct. Cl., Case No-78466-A (1991 WL 11040229).

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McNeill v. New York