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$850,000 Federal Jury Award in Indiana Police Beating Suit

On April 14, 2011, an Indiana federal jury awarded $850,000 to a man beaten by police during arrest.

According to court papers, Percy Perry was trying to take a window out of an abandoned building in Gary, Indiana when the police arrived. Perry ran from Corporeal Anthony Blood and Officer Irving Givens for a short distance, then lay down on the ground and surrendered without resistance. Nonetheless, Givens and Blood beat Perry. During the beating, Blood hit Perry in the eye with a weapon, knocking the eye out of the socket and rendering Perry unconscious. Perry was taken to a hospital, but, despite multiple surgeries, physicians were unable to save his left eye. Perry was charged with criminal mischief, but the charge was later dropped.

Perry filed a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the City of Gary, Blood and Givens alleging that the city had a policy and practice of police using excessive force. Givens was later dismissed from the suit. At trial, the jury found that Blood used excessive force against Perry, harming him. The jury awarded Perry $700,000.00 for past and future physical suffering, $50,000 for past and future emotional suffering and $100,000 in punitive damages. The judge ordered the city and Blood to pay the damages plus post-judgment interest of 0.27%. Perry was represented by Chicago attorneys Arthur Lovey, Jon Lovey and Elizabeth Mazur. See: Perry v. City of Gary, Indiana, U.S.D.C.-N.D.Ind., No. 2:08 cv 280

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