When Therman Brown accused Elizabeth police of pistol-whipping him after an arrest in 2005, the city's internal affairs unit concluded the incident "didn't happen."
When the man’s attorneys made the same accusations in federal court, a jury concluded it did and this week awarded Brown $1.5 million in damages.
The actions of Officer David Conrad were "wonton or malicious," read the verdict, returned on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Newark. The jury reached its conclusion after a civil trial in which Brown, now 47, accused officers of police brutality and a subsequent cover-up. Read more;