ORLANDO — A federal jury deliberated for two days before awarding $15,500 to a man who was handcuffed, kicked and punched by an Orlando police officer during a protest.
Jurors said former officer William Escobar used excessive force and caused injury to Refus Holloway in 2014. They didn't find wrongdoing on the part of a second officer, Joel Williams.
Escobar was fired by the department after the incident.
The Orlando Sentinel reported the officers were responding to a fight that ended before they arrived ( tbtim.es/168p). Escobar accused Holloway of charging at him and ignoring commands. A video taken by Holloway's sister showed Escobar kicking and punching the man as he was handcuffed on the ground.
Escobar was acquitted last year of misdemeanor and battery charges.