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Nearly $37 million awarded to man in Flint-area jail lawsuit

Nov 3, 2016

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A jury has awarded nearly $37 million to a man who was arrested for drunken driving and taken to the Genesee County jail where he was pepper-sprayed, hit with a stun gun, and restrained face-down with a hood over his face.

The verdict in favor of William Jennings was returned Thursday in Detroit federal court. He sued five former or current county officers, accusing them of excessive force after an arrest in 2010.

More than half of the multimillion-dollar verdict came in the form of punitive damages.

In court filings, attorneys for the officers said Jennings' treatment wasn't unconstitutional. They said he wasn't compliant and had resisted efforts to contain him.