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$4.6 Million Federal Jury Award to New York Man Pushed Off Roof by Cop

On April 7, 2009, a New York federal jury awarded $4.2 million to a man who was rendered paraplegic when a rookie cop pushed him off a roof.

Shawn Lewis, 32, was chased to the top of a three-story East New York building by NYPD Officer Jason Boreman, who allegedly recklessly pushed him off the roof. The fall severed his spinal chord. Lewis filed a civil rights suit in federal district court pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The city claimed Lewis--who was attempting to avoid arrest for harassment of a former girlfriend--lowered himself from the roof's edge then lost his grip and fell. Boreman was still in training when the incident occurred and is still with NYPD. Lewis testified that Boreman shouted, "What are you doing running from the police?" before charging him and pushing him off the roof. See: Lewis v. City of New York, USDC, E.D.N.Y., No. 1:06-cv-00516-RER.

Source: New York Post

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