Court Awards Ex-Con $25 Million For Being Shot And Paralyzed By NYPD
A Brooklyn jury handed out a $25 million award Friday to a hulking ex-con who was shot during a struggle with an NYPD sergeant who was trying to bust him on a drug rap, court papers state.
Eugene Sims, 39, was paralyzed from the waist down when Sgt. Sean O’Brien shot him during the life-or-death confrontation outside a Bushwick bodega on April 6, 2009, sources told The Post.
The cops approached Sims because they thought he was conducting a drug deal. Sims ran and cops caught him from behind. Police initially said Sims had a handgun and a gun was found at the scene — though he was later acquitted on the weapons charge, sources said.
The six jurors unanimously agreed that the sergeant used “excessive force” in shooting Sims, and awarded him $16.5 million for pain and suffering, court papers state.
Sims also won $8 million for future medical expenses and $200,000 for the 10 days he spent in jail after he was shot.
Another $500,000 for unlawful arrest brought the total to $25.2 million.
Suffice to say, the sergeants of sodium are PISSED!
“This verdict clearly supports the anti-police atmosphere in the city of New York and the lunacy in how criminals are able to game the city. The message is clear: New York City will pay criminals big money if they come here to commit a crime,” said Sergeants Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins.
When it comes to citizens vs. the NYPD, this $25 million settlement hardly ties the game, but it’s still nice to see the police indicted, even if it’s only monetarily…
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