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: NYPD: 2 Gunmen Wanted After 10 Shot In Front Of Queens Business; 'A Brazen, Coordinated Attack'
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: Man Struck, Seriously Injured In Huntington Station Hit-And-Run
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: Fauci Says Unvaccinated Americans Are 'Propagating This Outbreak' As Delta Spreads
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