A federal jury has awarded about $2.1 million to a man who alleged three Las Vegas police officers choked and held him down with a knee to his neck while searching for his brother.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Friday that Charles Barnard won the award in a civil rights lawsuit filed in 2003 in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas against the police department and the officers. The department later was dismissed from the case.

Barnard claimed he was injured when the officers pepper sprayed him and forced him to the ground at an apartment in Henderson in December 2001 while hunting for his brother.

He says he underwent four surgeries to alleviate neck pain caused by the officers’ excessive force.

Defense attorneys said Barnard resisted arrest.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press



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