But Gonzalez Rogers said the decision to prosecute Trulove didn’t necessarily exonerate the officers, because it wasn’t clear that the prosecutors who made that decision had been aware of evidence of the officers’ “coercive and suggestive conduct.”

During the trial in his damage suit, Trulove testified about his life in prison. Chatfield said he described “the fear from the time you get up … the daily humiliation,” and the four years he spent without visits from his family because he was held in a remote location.

She said he now works at an after-school program for at-risk children in San Francisco.

John Coté, spokesman for City Attorney Dennis Herrera, said the verdict was disappointing. He noted that Trulove had initially sued 14 officers, most of whom were dismissed as defendants, and had sought $26 million in damages.

“We are analyzing the jury’s findings and will determine from there how to proceed,” Coté said. “Our goal is always to ensure that justice is served.”

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