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ATLANTIC CITY COP ORDERED TO PAY $250,000 FROM OWN POCKET TO CITIZEN HE ABUSED
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Quote:A jury awarded a man a half-million dollars this week after finding that Atlantic City police Officer Sterling Wheaten used excessive force in a 2008 arrest and that the city did not properly train him.

Wheaten faces additional civil lawsuits, including one stemming from a K-9 apprehension caught on video this summer.

Four other officers named in the federal suit did nothing wrong, the eight-person jury found Wednesday in federal court in Camden.

As a result of the charges, Troso lost his job and had a shadow cast over his wedding, attorney William Buckman said.

Wheaten must pay half of the award, or $250,000 in compensatory damages. The jury found he did not owe punitive damages, which are assessed to punish a defendant.

The city is responsible for the other half



http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/...f887a.html
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Nice start.. why isnt the douche cop in jail? I have to read an article on this one. We need far more rulings like this.. why the other four arent responsible because the conspired with the officer I have no idea..
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While not knowing anything more than what I read in the OP alone, I'm pretty sure I'm OK with this.
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http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/...f887a.html

It was a false arrest. Yet.... No criminal charges. What is wrong with this country? What is wrong with our police force and what is wrong with our judges..

The only reason this turned out the way it did was simply because the guy that was attacked was a deputy state attorney general!!!! If it had been joe smith joe would have had to take a plead deal on a felony charge because he couldn't have afforded a lawyer and even if he could have probably not a good enough one that the lawyer would fight it all the way and even if it was a good one probably not to the point that the officer would be personally held liable. What a terrible testimony to our injustice system.


Quote:Jury finds Atlantic City police officer used excessive force
Sean M. Fitzgerald
Atlantic City Police Department K9 handler, officer Sterling Wheaten
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Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2013 11:10 pm
By LYNDA COHEN Staff writer
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A jury awarded a man a half-million dollars this week after finding that Atlantic City police Officer Sterling Wheaten used excessive force in a 2008 arrest and that the city did not properly train him.
Wheaten faces additional civil lawsuits, including one stemming from a K-9 apprehension caught on video this summer.
Four other officers named in the federal suit did nothing wrong, the eight-person jury found Wednesday in federal court in Camden.
Michael Troso was a deputy state attorney general when he was arrested at the Trump Marina Restaurant on Aug. 19, 2008. Troso charged that he was beaten by the officers and falsely arrested the night of his bachelor party.
As a result of the charges, Troso lost his job and had a shadow cast over his wedding, attorney William Buckman said.
Wheaten must pay half of the award, or $250,000 in compensatory damages. The jury found he did not owe punitive damages, which are assessed to punish a defendant.
The city is responsible for the other half.
“Officer Wheaten was certainly the leader when it came to the vicious attack that was practiced on (Troso),” Buckman said.
Tracy Riley, who represented the officers and the city, said she will file a motion to set aside the verdict against the city, claiming Troso did not meet the burden of proof since the other officers were cleared.
Officers Joshua Vadell, Syed Shah, T.J. Moynihan and Joseph Kelly have counterclaims for frivolous litigation.
“I think the verdict in this case clearly exonerated four of the officers,” Riley said. “We’ll be seeking to pursue our counterclaim at this point.”
An appeal on several issues will be filed, she said.
The jury found that Wheaten falsely arrested, falsely imprisoned and used excessive force on Troso. But they found the officer was not guilty of conspiracy on those three charges, since the other officers were cleared.
The jury found that Wheaten falsely arrested, Why then isn't the first cop put behind bars?
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I'm ok with it too but I had thought that those such as LEO have Qualified Immunity from this sort of thing.
Dave, proudly annoying members of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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What was he yelling about before they gang tackled him? I don't hear any audio.Shrug
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Dave;129559 Wrote:I'm ok with it too but I had thought that those such as LEO have Qualified Immunity from this sort of thing.

Everything you ever wanted to know about qualified immunity.... http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/public...d-immunity
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The use of a K9 falls under the 3 prong Grahm standard of reasonableness...

The “reasonableness” of a particular use of force must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene, in this case, the K9 officer who rolled up on scene to see 4 officers unable to control a resisting subject.

1) The severity of the crime at issue.......

2) Whether the suspect poses an immediate threat to the safety of the officers or others......

3) Whether he is actively resisting arrest or attempting to evade arrest by flight......
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(12-23-2013, 11:49 AM)halftrack Wrote: What was he yelling about before they gang tackled him? I don't hear any audio.Shrug

Does it matter?
Lkttomasz, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Apr 2013.
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Lkttomasz;129667 Wrote:
(12-23-2013, 11:49 AM)halftrack Wrote: What was he yelling about before they gang tackled him? I don't hear any audio.Shrug

Does it matter?

I would be interested to hear what he's saying. It's always helpful to have as much information as possible.

Apparently he thought it was important enough to continue and they thought it was important enough to haul him in.

Just because I ask that question doesn't mean I defend the cops. Shrug
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