$22M Verdict for Man Beaten and Locked in Closet by East Cleveland Detective

On Tuesday, May 31 2016, a Cuyahoga County, Ohio jury returned a verdict in the amount of $22 million for Arnold Black, who in 2012 was severely beaten by detective Randy Hicks. Hicks had erroneously identified Black's truck as one he had been tipped off would contain a kilogram of cocaine, and when he realized his mistake, he began to punch Black in the face and head. Hicks' partner, patrol officer Jonathan O'Leary, held Black upright during the assault. Black was then locked in a storage closet for four days, where the only food provided to him was a carton of milk, and where he had no access to a bathroom.

The jury award included $11 million in punitive damages against Police Chief Ralph Spotts and O'Leary, as well as $10 million in compensatory damages against East Cleveland, Hicks, O'Leary and Spotts.

NPAP member Robert DiCello represented Black. According to DiCello, O'Leary was never sanctioned for the incident, though Hicks was forced to resign.