A Georgia woman who spent five months in jail after an Atlanta Police officer falsely accused her of drug possession has been awarded more than a million dollars by a federal jury.
An Atlanta Police officer had falsely accused the woman of hiding cocaine inside an exercise ball when she was searched after being stopped on a street by the officer for jaywalking, the jury concluded, according to FOX 5 Atlanta.
The woman was taken into custody on the false drug charges and spent a month behind bars before the Georgia Bureau of Investigation completed an analysis revealing that the substance in question was not cocaine.
However, the woman was still held behind bars under the same charges for an additional four months.
The officer who made the allegations was initially ordered to pay the bill.
The officer’s wages were initially garnished following an order from the state court. But the responsibility was handed over to city leaders under the direction of Atlanta mayor Andre Dickens, the mayor’s office told FOX News Digital.
Atlanta Police did not respond to requests for comment from FOX News Digital.