Man Awarded $50 Million After Police Locked Him In A Closet To Starve
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Man Awarded $50 Million After Police Locked Him In A Closet To Starve

August 25, 2019

Recently, a Cleveland man was awarded $50
million from a jury verdict after he suffered tremendous brutality from police officers. This case is once again put the issue of both
brutality and police shootings on the front pages. And I’m joined now by attorney Bob Dicello,
the lawyer who won this recent verdict. Bob, start by telling us what happened to
this man. I took a look at the story when it was developing. I followed it the first time. What a remarkable job you did up there. Tell us what happened. Well thank you Mike, and I want to also thank
our jury because they’re the ones who deserve all the credit. The jury heard a story of a man driving through
a city. He got pulled over. He was escorted out of his truck, made to
sit on his bumper, handcuffed, and then he was questioned and he was asked where are
the drugs in East Cleveland? And when he couldn’t answer that question
because he had no idea the, the detective who was doing the questioning, he started
to punch him in his face, punch him in his head and the beating continued until the on
duty officer, uniform police officer who was present at the scene, got in between the,
the detective who was in plain clothes, who initiated the stop, got in between the detective
and my client, Arnold Black, and had Arnold focus on his face as he testified and then
was told by the detective to get him outta here. And they brought him to the cities jail. And the cities jail was described in testimony
in this case is something like a Turkish prison or a Mexican jail. No offense to anyone who is of those origins. It’s just that the history of those places
and of this particular place are similar. Rat infested, roach infested, a run down facility. And in that facility there was a dark corner
that was gated off with a chain link kind of door and a steel padlock system. And they opened up that area and put him in
there. It was a storage area or a closet. As it, as it was testified to. Also, they decide, decided the cities people
decided to have testimony that it was a, a holding cell. My client was put there for four days, no
food, no water, no bathroom facilities. And in there with him, he testified, we’re
cleaning supplies like mops. There was a locker, storage lockers that,
that were there. And it got so bad that we actually went to
the bathroom in the storage locker because he had no place to go. He was given a carton of milk by one, I guess
we could say kind CO who saw him there, and he remained there for four days until they
shipped him into the county system after his injuries had softened and his, the swelling
had gone down. Okay. Bobby, Let me, okay, the information that
I had that I followed as you were, as you were trying this case. First of all, he was stopped. He was driving a truck and there was, under
the belief that he had drugs, but you pointed out something very different and that is you’re
telling, you tried this case so obviously know the facts. So the, so if I get it right, they randomly
asking this guy, where are all the drugs in the East Cleveland as if he’s going to know
about it. That’s the first thing I find astounding. Second of all the, the other part of this
is that he had a concussion when he was put in this closet, a broom closet for four days
without food, without bathroom facilities just basically abandoned and kept prisoner
in that closet. Now my memory is as I, as I follow this story
is that you tried this case one time and you got a $22 million verdict in the same case
before you tried this one. The Appellate Court reverses it and I took
a look at the grounds for reversal were ridiculous, but they reverse it and so you go back to
trial and this time the jury gives you $50 million. So obviously this is more, this has more to
do with maybe the police, Cleveland police conduct in general. The, your juries obviously are very, very
angry about the culture of police up there as obviously they should be. What, what, what did you uncover about Cleveland
police? Well, so it’s the city of East Cleveland,
not Cleveland want to make that clear, but what we found with the city of East Cleveland
was a policy that dated back decades of using violence against ordinary people who were
stopped at traffic stops. Who were standing on street corners, who were
playing cards on the sidewalk. Anyone who came into contact with an East
Cleveland Police officer could expect between 19, essentially 1988 and 2000 and now, could
expect to be beaten or hit or yelled at or screamed at or pushed down. Some of the testimony we got that was unbelievable
was that even if they found no contraband on someone that was just, say on the sidewalk
in the middle of winter, they would strip that person down completely of all their clothes
in the snow. And understand that what they did to my client
by taking him from his truck, again, driving through the city after having had dinner with
his mom going home. He was landscaper with landscaping equipment
in the back. They take him from his truck and they secret
him away inside the jail. It is, if that was done by private citizens,
it would be a kidnapping. Let me ask you something. Now… Sure. The other facts of this case is the Cleveland
Police also had what they call a hit squad of some kind where they would send, they’d
send police officers out in, in vans and where they saw people congregating, the police officers
would jump out of the vans and beat the bejesus out of the people who are con. Is, is, was that, did that come up in testimony? Was that something that’s just part of the
story here? Is that true? No, that, that was testified under oath by
detective Hicks. What you’re referring to is something called
the jump out boys. The, the chief who we, was the defendant in
this case who we sued in this case, was part of the jump out boys with detective Hicks. And what they would do is they would drive
to the city and if they saw men con or women, it doesn’t matter who, con, people congregating
on a sidewalk, they would literally jump out at them, chase them, tackle them, boot them,
beat them, kick them, do whatever they wanted to them, search them. And if no contraband was found, again, I go
back to what I was saying earlier, they would even go as far as to take their clothes off
in the middle of winter. They would do anything they wanted to ordinary
citizens who are again violating no law, just gathering on street corners. And that was the jump out boys. You know, obviously your history as a trial
lawyer. You and your brother have a remarkable history
as trial lawyers. I’ve followed your careers. You know, and, and it’s, it is remarkable
the things that you undertake. But this, this undertaking really exposed
you in a lot of ways too. This, this is a, these aren’t kind and gentle
folks that you were dealing with. And so this is the second time around. They made it as difficult as they could for
you. And here’s another thing, I just want them,
I want to hear from you because I want to know if this is true or not, that as I was
following the case, that there was testimony of one of the officers, I think it was Hicks
who said, we simply have a culture of violence within our police department. This was one of the witnesses testifying for
East Cleveland. Did I get that right, or is that just a, is
that a myth? That is actually 100% correct, and the way
he described it was chilling. He said there was the right way, the wrong
way and the East Cleveland way. Think about that. And he also noted that it had he not used
the violence that he was required to use every single day, he said he’d still be a patrolman. He would’ve never become a supervisor and
he was, it’s so important. He was the supervisor of the street crimes
unit for the entire city of East Cleveland, so he was not just some renegade detective. He was responsible for implementing the East
Cleveland way, which was a, an absolute attack on ordinary people. Okay. One thing I saw as soon as you got the verdict,
what’s happening is we’re rehashing and we’re revisiting what goes on in most police departments
throughout this country. There, I call it, there’s a real important
discussion taking place in police departments that want to do better and that is, you know,
we can either take a warrior, we can take a warrior position to where it’s us against
them all the time, or we can take something that’s emerged that merges with, you know,
it’s, we’re guardians too. We’re not just warriors. We have to do both. You see the real progressive police departments
taking that. What do you take away from what Cleveland
and cities should learn by this case, where you hit the city for $50 million after you
hit them for $22 million? What’s the takeaway? How do police, how do police departments do
better? So what they have to do better, and the takeaway
here is very simple. That tough economic times as you find in East
Cleveland are no excuse for decent, humane police practices. And in fact, during trial, the city defended
part of this case by saying we’re a real rough city and we don’t have a lot of resources. East Cleveland is different than the city
of Cleveland. Cleveland’s huge. East Cleveland was small and they, they tried
to justify some of what happened here by saying it was economically feasible. And by the way, what would you want? Would you want drug dealers being treated
nicely? Well, the problem with that was, as we pointed
out in the case, there were never any statistics done, never any measure of who was actually
a drug dealer. They were just fighting and beating up anyone,
including themselves. There was testimony about that unbelievably,
they would fight each other. The police would fight each other in the garage
of the police department. I’m not making that up. That came out in testimony. So the violence was, was, was, it was a shortcut
to, to really decent, inhumane police practices. So that would be the takeaway. Yeah, to intelligent police work. Both can happen. Both are, it’s happening in cities around
the country right now that are paying attention. We’re not just warriors, we’re warriors, and
we’re guardians. And this, this new approach, you know, there’s
some middle ground and let’s, let’s hope we get there. Bobby, first of all, outstanding result as
a trial lawyer. It’s just beyond belief what you had to undertake
just to handle this case. And, and, and, and I, I gotta tell you something,
that it moves the ball in favor of people that need protection when you get a verdict
like this. Thanks a lot. Well, thank you so very much and coming from
you a great trial, it means a lot.

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  1. What is the Mayor doing about this and the Governor. They need to be replaced. And the Commissioner should be fired an all the officers.

  2. How were they able to get away with this type of brutality for so long? Who birth and cultured these monsters in uniform? What was their reason for doing this?

  3. The idiot that put up there should be fired and it should be a personal suit Text bae or shouldn't have to pay but how like if this really happened how would you even prove it you know if they're so bad and cruel how would you even prove something like this if all cops are bad they won't they all just stick up for each other and all lie no obviously there's One Bad Apple but they all get blamed it's messed up and it's ridiculous it doesn't sound like this we're getting the whole true story

  4. Policing in America is corrupt. It cannot be fixed. American policing has to be destroyed and a complete change in governance in this country has to come about. We need a completely new system of policing. We need government oversight that is independent of our judicial system. Police unions must be outlawed because they are a subversive political operative in the governance of this nation. A new branch in government must be implemented to protect the public against the corruption in policing. This new branch of government must be funded though taxes equal to the funding we give to the justice system. It should have legal power over the police and a civilian body of elected officials to reside over its activities

  5. A cash judgment is all well and good, but what's really needed is for the entire department to be disbanded and replaced with a new force.
    It's not impossible. The Federal Department of Justice could set up an agency to go from city to city, county to county, disbanding failed police departments and patrolling the streets with Federal Marshals until a new police force had been trained.
    Of course, before that could happen, we'd need an honest Attorney General, not a crook like William Pelham Barr.

  6. Let me guess all the police involved were on paid leave and now are working where they can so it again.

  7. Notice how more and more top lawyers are taking these cases on behalf of the victims, not the cops? Not only will those lawyers look like the good guys, but also getting some big paydays for those wins.

  8. It weren't any body the cops was doing this evil to , it was black folks. , their day is coming to get double what they gave to folks , evil 👹's. , 🕑 is up , the big pay back

  9. Police who serve and protect are harmed by these renegade police who disgrace police all over. Citizens want to have faith in police but we do not know if we are dealing with Dr. Jeckle or Mr. Hyde.

  10. Police and Correction Officer Unions are Guilty of Condoning all types of VIOLENCE by their Police Members.

  11. Every time someone says “well they’re not all like that” I point out the fact there’s enough of them that shit like this happens on semi-regular basis, and the only difference is it’s easier to catch these days.

  12. And people wonder where the violence in the streets came from. Maintain an atmosphere of violence then you're creating another generation of perpetual violence where people expect that the police are bad guys and the police expect that the citizens are the enemy. The ones in charge are the ones CREATING THE ATMOSPHERE.

  13. This is the result of glorifying law enforcement. They end up feeling like they are above the law and do whatever they want.

  14. 'Jump out boys' Gang of thugs, violent ingrates who misrepresent what America needs in a police force. Saddest thing is, this is the current culture of police in this nation! They fit the description of WHITE SUPREMACIST. How can it be allowed to repeatedly happen and they're the ones needing to GO TO JAIL, not the victims. They must have had MONETARY INCENTIVES TO VICTIMIZE BLACK PEOPLE. The jury is right, make em PAY.

  15. That guy was tortured by that "police" department, he deserves the 50 million and ownership of the police precint for that

  16. Statistics show that, in the US, police brutality is one of the leading causes of death.

    Police are a public health hazard.

  17. The hypocrisy of the United States is mind boggling.
    The police are the oppressors of blacks and the guardians of whites.
    This is racism and sadism.
    Police brutality erodes public trust and makes crime worse.

  18. How are American taxpayers no outraged? You are paying for this cruelty! This money could have gone to school supplies, teacher's salaries etc… I hope this gets to enjoy his 50 mill and is smart with his money.

  19. Can NOT say that I’m surprised at all at this point. Disgusting!!! Those fuckers need to be fired and prosecuted. Yes prosecuted. Send them to prison for decades as they do w minorities that they target! They get away w murdering innocent ple and abusing ple because they’re racist sons of bitches! And there are no repercussions!

  20. Seems like East Cleveland has been wasting its hard earned tax dollars funding the feeding frenzy of a bunch of sociopaths and their underlings. Somebody voted those Sheriffs into office (or did not bother to vote against them or run against them).

  21. This is the failure of US ALL!!!
    BERNIE has a criminal justice reform bill that KICKS ASS!!!!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸BERNIE 2020💙💙💙💙

  22. I normally don't have a issue with police but FUCK YOU CLEVELAND POLICE!!! I HOPE YOU ROT IN THAT SAME JAIL CELL!

  23. Yet again our tax go's to mestakes done by thè police!
    It is time to make the officers pay them selfs for these disgusting things.

  24. We need to take our country back from the people we pay to protect and serve…no protection and the service is appalling…SMH…

  25. How could a Black is being treated that way where a Police detective could do something like this Why this Detective isn't in Jail now, after lying for the Authority, about this African American where his was innocent and detained against his will. One Question we could ask ourselves where was the Justice really was that day? Money doesn't repaire his life about also what he went through. So the Justice Deparrment didn't save this man life, and civil rights were violated. Why this Detective isn't incarcerated today with others who were on the scene the moment when this incident occured. Where are they today breathing fresh air.


  27. USA the only country in the world that is usually not counted as a third world country although it is heading in that direction where the police are often the criminals and gangsters and thugs that you need to avoid. In other countries, gangsters and thugs are the ones that the police are chasing, in USA they ARE the police.

    True, there are also many places where there are decent honest police in the USA but their work is tainted by having colleagues of this sort that blemishes their work. It is time the US police do some in-house cleaning but that won't happen any time soon while the president is a life long criminal.

    Bernie 2020 and the police need to clean up their act.

  28. Oh. But police brutality doesnt exist in shithole america. So death to Kapaernick and other peace protesters 🙄

  29. Well folks, substitute Blacks for Jews and East Cleveland has become the Fourth Reich. Yes sir, right here in "God's Country". This shithole is what Saint Ronnie "The Fascist Racist" Reagan would call a "Shining City Upon a Hill".

  30. So when are communities going to learn that having racist violent cops is going to bankrupt them. 50 million is not enough. 50 billion would be a start. Arrest every couple in that community. Put them away for life. There is no rehab that can fix them.

  31. Wait … wait … wait … If a civilian did this to a person, they would be charged with some high level felony kidnapping crime and spend decades in jail. Police just get written up or get time off or just fired and THAT'S IT?!?!? And now the tax payers or some insurance company picks up the tab for the $50 million? Where the hell is the accountability and the justice? Sounds like we civilians need to scope out this situation more closely and account for the political windage so that an accurate adjustment of the overall shot … or picture … can be made, if you will, so that these uniformed thugs can be brought into line and proper behavior is executed.

  32. Just one reason out of millions why we need to have Bernie Sanders as our President. And finally start the criminal justice reform Americans need.

  33. The Police are not your friends. Most don't give a shit about you or your problems. If they did care they wouldn't use Pepper Spray, Batons, Tear Gas, Tasers, Dogs, Rubber Bullets & Bean Bags, Horses, plus Military Weapons on Peaceful Protesters performing their constitutionally legal and civil duties to remove any and all Corrupted, Treasonous, Racist, Uneducated, Bible Thumping elected Politician or Political Party when it has been long proven your current POTUS and his enablers, supporters, and Party are all of these and more.

  34. The officers should be in prison. Absolutely disgusting. I wonder how many bodies are buried under that jail or under the police station.

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  36. To say that this is merely disgusting is a gross understatement. I’m certainly no psychic, but I saw this kind violence coming when Trump stated to a gathering of police & police officials that he wants them to be more violent in dealing with the public. Of course, they are going to take what he says as gospel. They have become even more power-hungry & a real danger to the public, whose taxes pay their salaries. Nowadays, it's dangerous just to be a person of colour in the U.S. The Russians must be creaming their collective jeans over all of the rifts forming in American society. Again, I say that America is giving their enemies exactly what they want, divide & conquer. You simply can not defend your Country from intruders when you are too busy fighting each other. Time is NOW for real accountability in all aspects of government and policing. This has to stop. 🖐🖐🏾❗️

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