A man who said he was punched by a Chicago police officer after refusing to put on a sweat jacket during a traffic stop was awarded $10 million in damages Monday in federal court.
The suit, filed by David Fenton, who was stopped in 2013 for speeding in a Chicago suburb, said he didn’t understand why the officer was looking for his sweat belt, which was a violation of his Fourth Amendment rights, because he was wearing a pantsuit.
Fenton was pulled over and the officer said, “You’re going to get a ticket for this.”
Fenton said he told the officer to stop the car and the two began fighting.
Fentons head hit the pavement, breaking his jaw and leaving him with a broken jaw and a concussion, the suit said.
Fenton, now 42, sued the city of Chicago, Chicago Police Department and two officers involved in the stop, saying he was beaten with a belt and the officers retaliated by punching him.
A jury awarded him $10.3 million in February in a civil rights lawsuit against the city, the Chicago Police, the officers and three of the officers involved.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office said Monday the city had no comment on the lawsuit.
Fentons attorney, John T. Schulze, said the city would not comment on pending litigation.
Fents lawsuit is part of a growing movement across the country to sue police departments, saying officers should not be expected to give consent to searches without probable cause.