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Pennsylvania $225K award after Springdale Officer Mark Thom tases & beats handcuffed Gary Cahill

Discussion in 'Incidents of Police Abuse, Misconduct, Negligence' started by M, Oct 10, 2013.

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    Perp: Springdale Officer Mark Thom

    Victim: Gary Cahil, Harwick, Pennsylvania

    Department: Springdale Borough Police Department

    Location: Springdale, Pennsylvania


    The Republic: Cuffed and stunned, man paid $225K settlement by Western Pa. borough's insurer (Oct 8 2013)


    A western Pennsylvania man who claimed a police officer used a stun gun on him while he was handcuffed was paid $225,000 by a borough's insurance carrier to settle a lawsuit.
    The lawsuit was filed in July on behalf of Gary Cahill, 36, of Harwick, stemming from an encounter on Dec. 17, 2011, with Springdale officer Mark Thom.

    Thom pleaded guilty in March to a criminal charge of violating Cahill's civil rights by punching and stunning Cahill after he was handcuffed and not resisting.


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    Cahill was arrested during a traffic stop during which he was threatened with an AR-15 rifle by Thom, the lawsuit said, and was handcuffed in the back of Thom's cruiser when the officer punched him and repeatedly shocked him with a stun gun. Cahill contends all of the charges against him — including drunken driving and resisting arrest — were false and they were all later dismissed.

    Cahill's lawsuit claims Thom had a history of violence, including a lawsuit in February 2011 that resulted in a $98,500 settlement paid in March to an Allegheny County police officer. Both officers were off-duty when Thom allegedly assaulted Raymond Hrabos after he complained that a pickup Thom was riding in was blocking a snow-plowed road.

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