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.

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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.

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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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