A D.C. Superior Court jury has awarded $39.229 to a 34-year-old Southeast man who said two city policemen beat him without provocation in his parents' back yard four years ago.
Raymond Kelly Jr. 1827 Good Hope Rd., won his assault case against the city government Monday after the jury deliberated almost two days. Kelly's sister, Cynthia Crowder, 29, of Oxon Hill, who joined her brother in suing the city, was awarded $2,000.
According to court papers filed by Kelly and Crowder, about 4:45 a.m. Dec. 26, 1975, the brother and sister had just finished loading Christmas presents into his car. As they started up the stairs of their parents' home they were confronted by two police officers who "struck Cynthia and knocked her down the stairs."
The officer then "hit Raymond with their night sticks about the head and shoulders, knocked him down, and repeatedly struck him with their nightsticks, fists and feet," according to the pretrial statement filed by Nick A. Addams, the attorney for Kelly and Crowder.
Soon other officers arrived, handcuffed Kelly and "threw him over the cyclone fence into the alley whereupon numerous police officers started to hit" him with their night sticks and fists, according to the court papers.
Kelly lost conciousness and sustained "crippling and permanent injuries to his back and nick," according to the court documents.
Assistant Corporation Counsel Thomas Medford, who represented the city government and its police officers refused comment on the trial.
The government's pretrial statement said two police officers, Herman Johnson and Larry Hamlet came to the home of Raymond Kelly Sr., 5353 Central Ave. SE, in response to a call from Kelly's wife about "disorderly subjects" and were attached.
After Johnson and then Hamlet arrived in the back yard Crowder started to yell and "to behave in a boisterous manner . . . . Then Raymond Kelly Jr., who had been arguing with Officer Johnson, apparently engaged by the appearance of a second police officer and under the influence of liquor, suddenly attacked Officer Hamlet, breaking the officer's glasses and tearing his clothes," according to the city statement.