Federal jury awards $35,000 to Missouri man over traffic stop

Thursday, October 1, 2009 | 3:56 p.m. CDT; updated 4:26 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 1, 2009

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.

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janice curran October 1, 2009 | 10:47 p.m.

i would think that 35,000. should pay for all the hospital costs and not to say what permanent damage, if any. what a low blow. i hope all the suffering this man experienced is worth 35,000. this is thoughts are with mr. taylor....

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