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Town, police sued for use of stun gun

A man injured in a Taser incident in 2005 has filed a $4.5 million federal lawsuit against Colonial Beach and two of the town’s police officers.

James Keller, 45, says he suffered “great personal injury” when police Sgt. Ryan Hood shot him with the electronic stun gun. The lawsuit states that Sgt. Hood and police Chief Courtlandt Turner acted together to deprive Mr. Keller of his constitutional right.

After a four-day trial in May, a federal judge acquitted Sgt. Hood and Chief Turner of all 15 criminal counts arising from Sgt. Hood’s use of the Taser on Mr. Keller in September and on another man the previous month.

Mr. Keller is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, plus court costs and attorney fees.

Sgt. Hood, Chief Turner and the town have not filed responses to the lawsuit.



Elections board weighs campaign donor posting

The Maryland State Board of Elections has removed the home addresses of campaign contributors from its online campaign-finance database but will reconsider the move.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, took over maintenance of the elections board’s Web site last year, and it began allowing users to download donors’ complete addresses free of charge.

Since then, board staffers have asked UMBC to remove the information, said Ross Goldstein, the board’s deputy administrator.

Patuxent Publishing Co. newspapers, a division of the Baltimore Sun Co., first reported the change. Patuxent has asked the elections board to reconsider, and Mr. Goldstein said the board would do so at an Aug. 23 meeting.

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