Attorneys demand reimbursement from Pittsburgh in excessive force case

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Two Downtown attorneys who in July won a verdict against the city of Pittsburgh in a police excessive force case filed a petition late Friday demanding payment for the time and expenses incurred pursuing the matter.

Margaret S. Coleman and Timothy P. O'Brien want the city to pay them $84,415 for their work on behalf of Anthony Kenney, of Perry North. A jury in U.S. District Court awarded Mr. Kenney $105,000 in compensatory and punitive damages, following a trial that focused on a December 2010 arrest.

Mr. Kenney testified that Officer Matthew Turko beat him while Officer Robert Smith failed to intervene.

The encounter started as a traffic stop but escalated after Mr. Kenney's brother bolted from his car. Mr. Kenney then drove off, testifying later that he didn't know that officers were still in a police car behind him.

After the officers pursued him, Mr. Kenney stopped. He and a witness said that Officer Turko then struck him with a pistol and fists.

It is common for plaintiffs' attorneys to demand that the defense pay their time and expenses after winning at a civil rights trial.

Rich Lord: or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.


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