Hosp-bed shackle victim gets 250G
A jury awarded a Brooklyn landlord $250,000 after she sued the city for an arrest that left her shackled to a hospital bed for 17 days.
Karen Brim alleged that the NYPD roughed her up in the stairwell of her Flatbush building in 2012 as they pursued four teens who had been hanging out on the roof. Brim told the police the kids were visitors, not trespassers. The officers claimed Brim hit one of them with a broom.
Brim ended up in Kings County Hospital, where she was handcuffed by her wrist and ankle to her bed (above) for more than two weeks as she awaited multiple surgeries before her arraignment.
Assault charges against her were eventually dropped.
She sued in 2013. The city said the jury based the award on the alleged use of force. Her attorneys, Marshall Bluth, Gerald Cohen and Joshua Fitch, collected $375,000 in fees.