Suspect Mowed Down by Squad Car Gets Millions

Long Island man lost a leg as officer tried to take him into custody

Saturday, Feb 20, 2010  |  Updated 12:30 PM EDT
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Suspect Mowed Down by Squad Car Gets Millions

The panel deliberated for less than three hours before deciding that Nassau County detective Karl Snelders used excessive force to capture Thomas Hartmann in 2004.

A federal jury in Brooklyn has awarded at least $16.6 million to a Long Island man who lost a leg when a cop ran him over with his patrol car.

The panel deliberated for less than three hours before deciding that Nassau County detective Karl Snelders used excessive force to capture Thomas Hartmann in 2004.

Hartmann was wanted for allegedly making a harassing phone call to his wife.

He was trying to run away when the detective ran him down from behind, crushing his legs.

Snelders said he did it because he thought the former construction worker had a gun.

The jury ruled that the detective acted with an evil motive and callous disregard for Hartmann's rights.

An attorney for the county had no comment.

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