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Police rage over honk wins driver $250,000

MIAMI (AP) — A driver who was manhandled by a police officer after honking her horn at a car in front of her was awarded more than $250,000 by a jury Friday.

The jury decided officer Louis Ferraro used excessive force in his 1997 arrest of Kim Lee, who said the officer handcuffed her and slammed her head on the trunk after she honked at a car stopped at a green light on a busy Miami street. Charges against the Ferraro were later dropped.

But the jury awarded Lee $255,000 in damages — less than half the amount her attorney suggested. Ferraro retired after the lawsuit was filed.