Jury awards $35,000 to Poplar Bluff man over traffic stop

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) - A federal jury has awarded $35,000 to a southeast Missouri man after ruling that two police officers violated his civil rights during a traffic stop in 2006.

The Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic reported Thursday that the jury awarded the money to Herman Taylor of Holcomb for a traffic stop by then-Dunklin County deputy Jarrett Bullock and former Clarkton police officer Derek Lawrence. Bullock is now police chief in Malden.

Taylor was stopped for allegedly rolling through a stop sign. His attorney says Bullock struck and used tear gas on Taylor, causing him to be hospitalized with a fractured rib and a bruised heart and liver. Lawrence was cited for failing to intervene.

Attorneys for the officers claimed the force was not excessive. It wasn't clear if an appeal was planned.

Information from: Daily American Republic, http://www.darnews.com

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