Off-duty NYPD officer awarded $15 million for assaults by 12 fellow officers in his home.
Larry Jackson was off-duty on Aug. 22, 2010 when his wife called 911 to report an armed man who had crashed their daughter’s birthday party at their home.
Jackson was able to settle the issue before the officers arrived. When the police arrived, they mistook Jackson for one of the aggressors despite the fact that he tried hard to prove his identity.
According to DNAinfo, 12 officers descended on him with batons, sprayed him with pepper spray, and falsely arrested him at his Queens home.
Jackson told the officers, “Dude, it is my house and I am a police officer too.” He was physically restrained and taken into custody, even after finding his police badge in his shirt pocket.
He was treated for a broken hand after his arrest.
Jackson, who is black, said racial prejudice was behind the actions of the officers who attacked him.
“I feel vindicated,” Jackson told The NY Daily News. “Just like they say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
Jackson’s attorney, Eric Sanders, said “he’ll never be compensated for the disrespect he’s received from the police department. They would treat a dog better than they treated Jackson.”
Eric also expressed shock at the action of the officers. He said, “I’ve never seen anything like this and I’ve been around law enforcement a long time. It’s disgraceful what they did.”
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