An Ohio man who was beaten by police to the point of requiring brain surgery and thrown in a storage closet was awarded $22 million dollars by a jury.
Arnold Black told Fox 8 that he was arrested by East Cleveland police in 2012 and thrown in a storage closet for four days.
Black claims the officers refused to reveal why he was being arrested.
“I asked them why they arrested me and they wouldn’t say,” Black said.
Black says he called out for help when he needed to use the restroom but no one came so he relieved himself in a locker. In addition, Black says he wasn’t given any food during his stay in jail.
Black sued police and a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas jury awarded him $22 million dollars.
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“There was a policy that we found at the city that had been going back for three chiefs, that had people being essentially abused by police” said Black’s attorney, Bob DiCello.
“Eight people in our county stood up for the rights of ordinary people,” DiCello said of the jury.
The police department intends to appeal the decision.