MILWAUKEE - A federal
judge has slashed a jury's award from over $500,000 to just $60,000
in an illegal-search lawsuit against the Milwaukee Police
The jury found in
August that two officers violated Leo Hardy's civil rights in 2012
by searching him without sufficient reason and wrongfully arresting
him for resisting. It awarded $500,000 in punitive damages and
$6,000 in compensatory damages.
In an order Friday,
U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller said the officers' actions
were "reprehensible." But he wrote that case law generally
requires a single-digit ration between the amount of compensatory
and punitive damages.
A news outlet
reports that more than 60 people have sued the department alleging
illegal searches, and four officers convicted in connection with
illegal strip and cavity searches have been forced to resign.