Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Plaintiff 'Very Pleased' with Victory in Excessive Force Case Jury in Civil Trial Awards Punitive Damages for Police Misconduct

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Plaintiff 'Very Pleased' with Victory in Excessive Force Case Jury in Civil Trial Awards Punitive Damages for Police Misconduct

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Anthony Kenney, who was awarded $105,000 in damages when a federal jury ruled that two city police officers used excessive force on him during his arrest in 2010, spoke to the media for the first time since Wednesday's verdict.

"I don't normally cry," said Mr. Kenney, 40, of Perry North, who was in tears after the verdict came down. He described his emotions as "excited" and "very pleased."

The verdict came about three and a half years after the Dec. 1, 2010, incident on the North Side, after which Mr. Kenney was convicted of fleeing and eluding. "I felt like it was over after that," he said, referring to the criminal trial, but he said meeting with attorney Margaret Schuetz Coleman rekindled his hope of having "a chance to be heard."

On the verdict, Mrs. Coleman said jurors "sent a very clear message" to the city with the amount of punitive damages awarded. She described the jury as respectful of the police but "outraged" at the conduct that took place. …

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