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$75,000 Award in Excessive Force by Minneapolis Police During Arrest

A Minneapolis, Minnesota state jury has awarded a man $75,000 for excessive force being used against him during an arrest.

Worthington police officer Randy Liepold responded to a domestic dispute on November 7, 2005. Upon arriving at the residence, Liepold saw Gilbert Montiel in the kitchen. Liepold recalled that Montiel attacked him. As he evaded Montiel, Liepold was able to gain control of Montiel. Liepold said he had to put a knee into Montiel’s back when he struggled on the way to jail, and he was uncooperative at the jail. Overall, Liepold considered it a typical arrest.

Montiel did not think so. He did not challenge the arrest, but the force used to make it. Liepold testified that he did not use enough force to cause injury. Yet, Montiel suffered a dislocated elbow and shoulder. The jury’s April 25, 2008, verdict awarded Montiel the $75,000 in compensatory damages but not punitive damages. Montiel was represented by Minneapolis attorney Eric W. Hageman. See: Montiel v. Worthington Police, Minn. Dist. Ct., 4th Jud. Dist., Case No. 0:06-331.

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