The federal appeals court in Manhattan has upheld the award of $95,000 to a Hempstead man who said he was beaten by a Suffolk County sheriff's deputy after he was arrested and searched because he asked to put his socks back on, according to court records.
The man, Perrim Anderson, testified in federal court in Central Islip in 2013 during his civil-rights suit that he had been arrested on a warrant after he failed to answer a harassment complaint filed by a former girlfriend.
After he was searched at the Suffolk County District Court in Central Islip, Anderson said he asked to put his socks back on.
The deputy, Vincent Aparicio, said Anderson knew he couldn't do so because he had been in the lockup before, Anderson's attorney, Fred Brewington, of Hempstead, said.
Soon after he told Aparicio he had not been in a lockup, Anderson said he was taken out of his cell and beaten.
Attorney Brewington has said, "We brought this case to vindicate Mr. Anderson and proved that his has happened."
Suffolk County, which had appealed the decision, is responsible for paying the $95,000.