- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - Two Augusta police officers have been cleared of a veteran’s claim that they used excessive force on him during his August 2012 arrest for criminal trespassing.

The Kennebec Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1XBzqez ) Michael Albert Sr. filed a civil complaint in October 2014 alleging that he suffered a torn rotator cuff injury when he was arrested at an Augusta homeless shelter.

Albert claims the excessive force used by one or more officers to handcuff him caused his injury and violated his Fourth Amendment rights. Police were called to the shelter after Albert refused orders to leave.

By the time the case reached the trial stage, only Sgt. Vicente Morris and Patrol Officer Benjamin Murtiff remained as defendants.

The jury sided with the two officers, who denied using excessive force on Albert.


Information from: Kennebec Journal, https://www.kjonline.com/

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