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New York Landlord Wins $25,000 Verdict for False Arrest

On January 30, 2007, following a one-day trial, a New York City jury awarded Plaintiff Barsiasa $25,000 for the emotional distress he suffered due to his false arrest by New York City police officers.

Tenants in the Plaintiff's building accused him of harassing them and turning off the building's water in an effort to unlawfully evict them. Charges were filed by the tenants, and Barsiasa was subse¬quently arrested and handcuffed in front of his wife and children.

Plaintiff's attorneys, Stanley Shapiro and Kevin Canfield, argued that the officers had insufficient cause to arrest Barsiasa after he explained to them the water was turned off in order to repair a leak. Furthermore, they argued the officers had no arrest warrant and no valid reason for making the arrest.

Defendants claimed the arrest was lawful and appropriate under the circumstances. The $25,000 judgment for the Plaintiff was ample evidence of where the jury stood in the matter. Source: New York Jury Verdict Review and Analysis. See: Barsiasa v. New York, No. 015951/1999 (Court name not provided in source material).

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