EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court jury awarded a man $22 million Tuesday after he sued East Cleveland police for beating him and locking him in a closet.
Now, East Cleveland Law Director Willa Mae Hemmons says she believes that verdict won’t stand.
She filed an appeal with the Ohio Supreme Court before the case went to trial, and she believes the lower court at that point lost jurisdiction. Hemmons did not appear in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court during the trial for that reason. She says she learned the verdict from the Fox 8 I-Team.
“The verdict is over the top,” Hemmons said. “Tamir Rice died, and the family only got $6 million. This guy is walking around.”
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