Allegation: NYC cop forces drunk driving suspect into cell, slams his head into brick wall, metal bars, leaving him bloody and unconscious. Officer: Didn’t do that; his injuries were self-inflicted. Jury: The officer used excessive force, but no damages need to be paid. Second Circuit: Which is seemingly inconsistent, but could be the jury thought the officer used excessive force maneuvering the suspect into the cell but didn’t think the officer bashed his head or caused his injuries. No need for a new trial.