Jury rules against city of Yonkers in police brutality case
A Westchester jury has ruled in favor of a Bronx man in a case of police brutality in Yonkers.
The jury awarded Kenroy Facey $15,000 for the June 2003 assault. Facey says he was walking home along South Broadway with two Hispanic friends when two Yonkers officers stopped them. Facey says Officer Santo Bello, who is white, beat him on the head after he was handcuffed.
David Simpson, the mayor's spokesperson, stands by the officers and says they have outstanding records. Simpson also says Facey is a criminal who has pervious disorderly conduct charges on record. The city is considering whether to appeal the decision. The award marks the first time in recent years a Westchester County jury has found Yonkers liable in a civil suit.