The United Christian Leadership Ministry says a jury failed to provide justice in its case between Benny Warr, a wheelchair-bound Rochester man, and the Rochester Police Department.
Warr filed a lawsuit against the city, former police chief James Sheppard and three other officers involved in his arrest back in 2013.
Warr claimed the officers violated his civil rights and arrested him without cause while he was waiting at a bus stop. During the arrest, which was captured on video, Warr was thrown to the ground.
In its decision, the jury found a police officer had acted inappropriately during the arrest, but Warr was awarded just one dollar in damages by the jury, as they decided no harm was done.
Reverend Lewis Stewart addressed the verdict saying the jury failed to do what was right.
“This verdict is unjust, inconsistent, inadequate and insufferable,” said Rev. Lewis Stewart. “The jury’s verdict was utterly egregious against the weight of the evidence provided by Mr. Warr’s attorney. This jury failed to do what was right. They failed miserably in delivering a just verdict.”