Nov 9, 2012 1:22 PM by Associated Press

Handicapped man wins lawsuit against LAPD

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A disabled man who was handcuffed tightly enough to cause nerve damage has won $1.6 million in an excessive force lawsuit filed against Los Angeles police.

A day after the verdict, the jury returned to court on Thursday and decided Officer Alex Tellez should pay an additional $90,000 himself. City officials, however, can choose to indemnify Tellez.

The city plans to appeal.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/S2Mwgx ) says police were investigating the 2009 armed robbery of a store where a son of 56-year-old Allen Harris worked.

Officers with a warrant went to the Harris apartment in Inglewood and arrested the son, who was never charged.

Harris was ordered to put his hands up, but he told the officers he couldn't comply because he was partially paralyzed.

He was then handcuffed.



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