Syracuse, N.Y. (AP)— A judge has ruled that the state must pay a Syracuse man more than $1 million because he was assaulted by a trooper during a traffic stop on an upstate road nearly 11 years ago.
A state Court of Claims judge awarded 48-year-old David Reynolds just over $1 million for the December 2001 incident that left him with serious head and back injuries.
The newspaper reports that Trooper Thomas Connor pulled Reynolds over in Wayne County, handcuffed him and slammed his head into the back of his car several times. The judge found that the trooper had committed an assault and battery on Reynolds.
The judge also found state police didn't adequately investigate Reynolds' complaint of police brutality.
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