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.READ MORE: 2-Year-Old Shot In The Head In Newark
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.READ MORE: FEMA Launches Nationwide Program To Help People Pay For COVID-19 Funeral Costs
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.MORE NEWS: Teen Shot In The Hand On Upper East Side Monday Morning
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