A jury awards a convicted
killer tens of thousands of dollars after officers at a south Georgia prison
Ammon Sumrall is serving a life
sentence at Autry State Prison in Mitchell County for a Dekalb County robbery
He says he suffered cracked
ribs and a back injury when a Correctional Emergency Response Team at the
prison beat him in 2009.
A jury agreed and awarded him
$45,000 in damages.
attorney acknowledges officers sometimes must use force, but he says they
went way overboard in this case.
"Law enforcement officers
have a really tough job and they have to use force in their job when it comes
to protecting other people but what the US constitution prevents is the use by
law enforcement of excessive force and this was a case of excessive
force,"said Charlie Peeler, Sumrall's attorney.
jury ruled the officers "acted with malice" in their treatment of
Sumrall and that their actions violated his constitutional protection from
cruel and unusual punishment.