Three white officers accused in a federal civil rights lawsuit of beating a black performing arts high school student falsely arrested him but didn’t use excessive force, a jury found Monday, awarding him $119,000 in damages.
The split verdict by the all-white jury of four men and four women had attorneys for 22-year-old Jordan Miles and the officers — David Sisak, Michael Saldutte and Richard Ewing — claiming victory, with neither side completely satisfied.
The jurors awarded Miles $101,016.75 in compensatory damages and $6,000 from each officer for punitive damages for acting “maliciously and wantonly.”
Miles’ attorney, Joel Sansone, said he was gratified but didn’t understand how the jurors decided on the damages or concluded police were wrong to arrest Miles but not to beat him.
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