BOSTON — A federal jury yesterday awarded a Lawrence man $130,000 in a police brutality case against former officer Kyle Wilcox.
Eusebio Alicea filed the civil suit against Wilcox, who was fired in 2007 for use of excessive force. Alicea said Wilcox beat him with "special metal-knuckled gloves" and that the officer, in a "malicious and sadistic" manner, used hot water to wash pepper spray out of Alicea's eyes after his Jan. 6, 2007, arrest.
An eight-member jury awarded Alicea $30,000 for state and federal civil rights violations and $100,000 in damages to be paid by Wilcox, said his attorney, Hector Pineiro of Worcester.
Pineiro said federal Judge Richard Stearns allowed him to enter evidence in the case which showed Wilcox was criminally convicted of assault and battery of two other police detainees.
Alicea, in a brief telephone interview yesterday, said he was pleased with the verdict. Previously an outgoing person, Alicea said he now avoids social gatherings and interaction and remains in fear of police, however.
Wilcox was defended by Dwyer and Duddy, a Burlington firm retained by the Lawrence patrolmen's union. Neither Attorney Matthew Dwyer nor Detective Alan Andrews, patrolmen's union president, could not be reached for comment for this story.
Pineiro said Alicea still has a separate police brutality claim against the city of Lawrence, a suit referred to in legal circles as a Monell claim. That matter will be heard at a later date in U.S. District Court, he said.
Alicea originally sued former Mayor Michael Sullivan, Police Chief John Romero, the police department and the city after his arrest.
Recently, Stearns, in two separate decisions, dropped Sullivan and Romero from the case.
Wilcox is named in four other pending brutality cases against the city.
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