Man who alleged police locked him in closet awarded $50M

CLEVELAND (AP) — A jury in Cleveland has awarded $50 million to a man who alleged police beat him while he was handcuffed and locked him in a storage closet for four days with no toilet and nothing to eat or drink but a carton of milk.

The award Friday in 52-year-old Arnold Black’s lawsuit follows an appeals court decision vacating a $22 million damage award against East Cleveland from June 2016. reports the officers who arrested Black thinking he was a drug dealer took the stand at the latest trial and described a culture of violence and corruption within the department.

Black’s attorneys say he continues to suffer from physical problems caused by the beating.

An email message seeking comment was sent to East Cleveland’s law director Saturday.


This story has been updated to correct the man’s last name to Black, not Hicks, in one reference.

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