Brooklyn Jury Awards $17.5M To Jailed Diabetic

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City jury has ordered the city to pay $17.5 million to a diabetic man who suffered a seizure in jail after officers withheld his insulin.

Seth Harris, a lawyer for 43-year-old Jose Vargas, says the jury handed down the verdict Tuesday in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn.

The city’s law department says it plans to file an appeal.

Harris says police arrested Vargas in September 2006 on a drug-related charge. During the arrest, Harris says officers took Vargas’ bag containing his insulin.

He says Vargas complained he needed the insulin as he was taken to a precinct and then to central booking, where he suffered a seizure in a jail cell.

Harris says Vargas now lives in a nursing home and is confined to a wheelchair.

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  1. Josh P says:

    The city keeps adding to the $1B total awarded over the past Bloomberg decade to settle lawsuits. It seems that nobody except the taxpayer is ever held accountable for the errors committed by our City’s law enforcement. If Bloomberg is going to talk tough about the teacher’s union, then he should be equally prepared to do the same with the law enforcement unions. Do a poor job, someone dies in your custody due to your negligence, you get fired or go to jail. Eye for an eye?

  2. GLORIA DE PIETRO says:

    YES THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED TO MY SON,
    HE TAKE’S PILL AND THEY GAVE HIM A SHOT IN WENT OUT,
    AND THEY SAY THAT HE FELL ASLEEP

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