- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal jury has awarded $100,000 to a dishwasher who had his finger broken during a Brooklyn police struggle in 2012.

His attorneys say Rodger Ricketts was ordered off a Brooklyn subway train and hit with a metal baton after he walked between cars.

According to the Daily News (https://nydn.us/1zCLm2W ), police said Reyes was hit on the hand as he reached for a knife that dropped out of his clothing. He also was pepper-sprayed.

Police described him as combative. His lawyers said Ricketts, who has a fifth-grade education, apparently didn’t understand why he was being searched and questioned.

A spokeswoman says the city’s Law Department respects the jury process but is disappointed in the verdict.

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