White Plains, NY — The case had come before the jury before Noontime on Thursday, November 19, 2010. The eight jurors departed for home at 5:00 pm returning the next morning by 10:00 am. The White Plains Federal Courthouse was the venue over which Magistrate Judge Lisa Margaret Smith presided when at 11:00 am the deputy clerk spoke the words every plaintiff’s attorney hungers to hear, “The jury wants to know if they can have a calculator."
The case refers to a domestic violence incident that dates back to a summer night in June 2007. aware that his daughter was allegedly physically abused by her boyfriend, Mr Wilson called his son Dedan Wilson (mid 30s) to speak to his sister (early 20s) at her residence in Yonkers to convince her to leave the premises for Dedan Wilson’s residence in Mount Vernon. When Dedan Wilson arrived at his sister’s apartment building, the boyfriend was gone, but the sister had called the police alleging her boyfriend had beat her. When two Yonkers Police Department Officers arrived at the Yonkers address, they are said to have initially believed that Dedan Wilson was the abuser despite his protestations and that of his sister asserting he was her brother, was not the boyfriend, and not the abuser. Despite the tensions of the moment, the first two officers were quieting the situation down when a backup of 16 plus officers arrived as back-up. The first officers on the scene could not maintain control of the situation and family and neighborhood witnesses attested to the YPD beating Dedan Wilson mercilessly. Starting with beating him with police batons, kneeing him in the back, and kicking him senseless upon his falling to the the floor, despite his having been cuffed prior to the beatings taking place.
The domestic violence complaint allegation had never been taken down by the YPD.
The jury award infers a belief in the testimony by the family members present in the Yonkers apartment, and the neighbors that were witness to the incidents through the front door of the apartment.
Rose M. Weber represented the plaintiff. Her legal expertise is in the realm of excessive police conduct.
Dedan Wilson is emotionally scarred by the brutal beatings and continues to suffer pain in his legs caused by being kneed in the back. Medical remedy may either lessen the pain or make the excruciating pain worse.
This case may or may not be indicative of Yonkers Police Department conduct. Yonkersites have never been permitted knowledge of such incidents because after Yonkers Corporation Counsel brings the cost of settlement to the Yonkers City Council, it is discussed in executive session, thereby denying the public information to the underlying factor(s) that led to such or similar incidents.
inquiry of the Yonkers Police Department has been referred to Yonkers City Hall for comment.