Woman awarded $250K after police handcuff her to hospital bed for 17 days

A jury awarded an NYC woman $250,000 after police left her handcuffed to a hospital bed, following a 2012 assault incident.

New York Post reports that Brooklyn landlord Karen Brim said that in April 2012, NYPD officers roughed her up in an apartment stairwell in Flatbush while they were chasing four teens who were hanging out on the apartment rooftop. Brim apparently told the officers that the teens were not trespassing, but in fact, her guests. She then hit the officers with a broom, which set off a chain of events that left her in the hospital, handcuffed to a bed.

The officers threw Brim to the ground, which ended up breaking her leg. She later landed in the Kings County Hospital with her wrists and ankles handcuffed to the bed while waiting for her court arraignment. While in the hospital, she also went through multiple surgeries.

Police claimed that Brim attacked them first and charged her assault. A judge eventually dropped the charges. In 2013, Brim sued the city for false arrest and unreasonable force. The jury’s decision was based on the officers’ use of excessive force.

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