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Black Transgender Woman Awarded $1.5 Million After ‘Bogus’ Arrest

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A federal jury found last week that a Black transgender woman who was wrongly arrested in 2015 in Atlanta on bogus cocaine charges and jailed for more than five months is due $1.5 million.

Judge William Ray II said on Thursday, two days after the jury’s verdict, that Ju’Zema Goldring, who was arrested by two Atlanta police officers, deserved “some semblance of justice” for what occurred.

The officers, Vladimir Henry and Juan Restrepo, had sliced open her stress ball and claimed to have found cocaine inside, when, in fact, it was only “the interior contents of a stress ball,” according to the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S.

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