After seven days of trial, a federal jury in Boston awarded Lee Hutchins of Springfield $250,000, finding that Springfield Police Officer Thomas Hervieux used excessive force against him during a January, 2013 arrest. Mr. Hutchins was represented at trial by David Hoose, Luke Ryan and Samantha LeBoeuf. Mr. Hutchins had previously been acquitted of all criminal charges arising from his arrest in a trial in the Springfield District Court in 2014, at which he was represented by Attorney Ryan.
The federal jury also found the City of Springfield liable for failing to appropriately discipline and supervise its officers after numerous previous complaints of excessive force. The jury found that the City’s deliberate indifference to the civil rights of its citizens was the moving force behind the violation of Mr. Hutchins’ constitutional rights.