NC police officer burned by coffee takes stand in first day of trial

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Raleigh police officer suing Starbucks, after he spilled a free cup of coffee that burned him, took the stand during the civil trial Tuesday at the Wake County Courthouse in Raleigh.

Officer Matt Kohr, who is now a lieutenant told jurors, “It was the most intense extreme pain I’ve ever had in my life.”

Kohr and his wife are asking jurors to award them $750,000. His attorney told jurors that the worst part of the ordeal wasn’t the serious burns to Kohr’s abdomen, crotch, and thigh but that the stress from the injuries caused Kohr’s dormant Crohn’s disease to flare up.

In his opening statement, attorney Daniel Johnson said, “What that burn did, the stress of that burn, the trauma of that burn did is set off his Crohn’s disease in a way that he had never experienced it before.”

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