Man receives $ 50 million in damages after he was arrested, beaten and locked up in a closet of the Cleveland police station without a toilet, causing brain damage & # 39;
- Arnold Black, 52, won $ 20 million in damages and $ 30 million in damages against the city of East Cleveland
- Cops had caught Black while looking for a drug dealer and would have beaten him after they couldn't find drugs in his truck during a 2012 traffic stop
- Black says he was then locked up for four days in a police cabinet without a toilet and only provided one carton of milk a day and no food
- Prosecutors would drop the charge
- Black filed a civil rights case against the department and the officers who arrested him a year later
An Ohio jury awarded $ 50 million in damages to a man after claiming that the East Cleveland police beat him and later locked him up in a closet for four days with no toilet or food.
Police would provide Arnold Black, 52, every day with a carton of milk that he held at the police station before being transferred to Cuyahoga County prison, he said after a jury had made a verdict on Friday.
Black, who previously won a $ 20 million jury verdict for alleged police misconduct, but had it overturned by a court of appeal for procedural reasons, insisted that he was not driven by financial gain.
Arnold Black (above), 52, won a $ 50 million jury verdict after claiming that the East Cleveland police beat him and locked him up for four days in the station building
The Cleveland police were accused of locking Arnold Black in a cupboard near the station house (pictured above) without toilet or food. He was given a carton of milk every day, Black said, which was eventually transferred to the Cuyahoga County prison
& # 39; It was never about the money. I never knew I'd get something like that, period. I just want the world to know what they do to me and other people. I would hate it if someone went through what I went through, & Black told Fox 8.
DailyMail.com contacted Black, who was not immediately available for comment.
It is believed that the new jury prize, which includes $ 20 million in damages and $ 30 million in damages against the city of East Cleveland, is the largest prize in all civil cases. & # 39; for a single person & # 39; in Ohio, Bobby Dicello, the lead lawyer who in the case of Black, told the Daily Mail.
Black was pulled by the East Cleveland police in 2012 when they believed his vehicle was that of a suspected drug dealer they were looking for.
When no drugs were found while searching the vehicle, Black claimed that one of the officers beat him and that he was later locked up in a cupboard at the police station.
& # 39; I remember. I remember being in that room more than anything because I was scared, & Black said to Fox 8.
There was no toilet and Black was forced to pee in a cupboard, according to Cleveland.com.
& # 39; I didn't know if I would ever leave the room. I didn't know anything. I slammed the door but the whole police station ignored me, & Black said.
Black was allowed to call his girlfriend, but when she was rejected when she tried to visit him at the police station because she was told there was an active investigation and & # 39; you can't see the people being investigated &, said the lawsuit. & # 39;
Lawyer Bobby Dicello (right) says his client Arnold Black, 52, was being reviled & # 39; and & # 39; picked & # 39; when he was questioned by lawyers representing the city of East Cleveland. The city must pay Black a $ 50 million jury verdict
Lawyer Bobby Dicello, who also represented Black, said his client & # 39; courage & # 39; showed during the jury trial, because he was investigated by city lawyers and during the case & # 39; reviled & # 39; and & # 39; picked & # 39 ;.
At one point, Dicello reminded an East Cleveland lawyer to the jurors that Black earned only a dollar for what he had endured.
& # 39; It was cruel, & # 39; said Dicello.
Lawyers for the city of East Cleveland were not immediately available when they were contacted by the Daily Mail.
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