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New York State Jury Awards $10,000 for False Imprisonment

A New York State Jury awarded $10,000 in a lawsuit for false arrest and imprisonment.

Rames Polanco was detained by police officers of the city of New York on September 9, 2003, under suspicion of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. Polanco was taken to the precinct, where he was told to write several statements. Approximately six hours later, the victim’s brother ran into Polanco in the men’s restroom. The brother immediately located a detective and told him Polanco was a friend of the family, not the one who assaulted his sister. Polanco was released.

Polanco filed a suit for false arrest and imprisonment causing mental stress and damage to his reputation. He also sought recovery of damages for past and future emotional suffering. The jury found in his favor, awarding him $10,000 on June 24, 2008. He was represented by New York attorneys Herbert Moreira-Brown and Verena Powell.

See: Rames Polanco v. the City of New York, New York Supreme Court index no. 110309/04.

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