East Point appeals $16M death verdict

City hit with default judgment in case of man who died days after being released from city jail

Claiming it was not served  properly with the suit, the city of East Point is appealing a $16 million default judgment awarded to the family of a man who died several days after being bonded out of the city jail with a badly bruised face and head and evidence of brain damage.

Johnathan Battle, 24, was arrested in East Point on Jan. 6, 2008, “while attempting with others to remove custom wheels from an automobile,”
according to court filings.

“He rebuilt old cars,” said attorney Michael L. Goldberg of Fried Rogers Goldberg. “He thought some boys had stolen some parts from him and
had gone to get them back. They saw him and called the police and had him locked up.”

When Battle’s mother, Millicent Takyi, arrived to bond him out, her son was “confused and disoriented, obviously beat up,” said Goldberg. Takyi immediately took her son to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for multiple fractures and swelling of the brain, said Goldberg. Battle lapsed into a coma and never regained consciousness, said Goldberg, dying 11 days later.

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