Jury sides with Illinois man in excessive force lawsuit

BENTON, Ill. — Jurors in southern Illinois have found in a federal civil lawsuit that an Olney man was the victim of excessive force when law enforcement officers stopped him near Benton in April 2012. The jury verdict comes after a four-day trial at the federal courthouse in East St. Louis. It includes more than $32,000 in compensatory and punitive damages for 35-year-old Isaac Capps, who initially sought a $3.6 million settlement, the Southern Illinoisan reported. Three Illinois State Police troopers, two Franklin County deputies and a West Frankfort police officer were named as defendants in the case