Man awarded $323,000 in excessive force lawsuit

Bridgeport Police Department (Photo: WTNH )

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A man who sued Connecticut police officers for excessive force after suffering a black eye and spending two days in jail has been awarded $323,000 by a jury.

The lawyer for 31-year-old Anibal Diaz tells the Connecticut Post the award sends a message to the city of Bridgeport.

“You just don’t treat people this way,” Attorney Chris DeMarco says.

The city attorney calls the award excessive. He plans to file a motion to reduce the verdict.

Diaz was arrested in May 2013 by officers responding to a call of two armed men. DeMarco says Diaz was hit with a stun gun and struck by an officer in the eye.

Diaz was held in jail and faced several charges, including assault on a police officer. The charges were later dropped.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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