A federal jury Wednesday ordered the Glendale Police Department to pay a Canoga Park man $60,000 in damages for violating his civil rights by reportedly assaulting him during an arrest.
The six-person jury deliberated three hours before reaching the decision in the case, which was tried before U.S. District Judge Robert M. Takasugi.
In a lawsuit filed against the city of Glendale in 1986, Paul Vallez, 22, claimed that five officers seized him illegally, subjected him to excessive force and denied him medical care for a broken toe.
In its verdict, the jury awarded Vallez the money without specifying which of those charges it determined were valid.
Glendale City Attorney Frank R. Manzano said he has not decided whether the city will appeal the decision.
Vallez was arrested by Glendale police about 11 p.m. Nov. 13, 1986, on suspicion of public drunkenness, said Vallez' attorney, Stephen Yagman.