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Jury awards $50M to man beaten, locked in police storage

A Cuyahoga County jury on Friday awarded $50 million to an East Cleveland man who filed a lawsuit that said police in that city beat him while he was in handcuffs in 2012, then locked him in a concrete storage room for four days with no food or restroom.

The award came after the second jury trial in the case of Arnold Black, after an appeals court last year overturned a previous award for $22 million.

Hicks testified at the second trial, just as he did at the first trial in 2016, that the department under then-Chief Ralph Spotts had a practice of roughing up suspects to get them to talk. Black said he spent several days locked in the room with no toilet, and was forced to urinate in a locker.

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