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Man Awarded $1.2 Million for Damage to Vocal Cords

Associated Press

A District of Columbia man whose vocal cords were crushed by a police choke hold after he got into a dispute with officers at the scene of a traffic accident has been awarded $1.2 million.

A Superior Court jury on Friday granted the award to Townsend W. Janey, who had berated police for taking too long to arrive at the scene of a 1985 accident involving his son Derek. City officials said the award was excessive and would be appealed.


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