POPLAR BLUFF — 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.