A federal jury has awarded a Madison resident over $93,000 in a lawsuit against three police officers for excessive force and violating his constitutional rights.
The verdict was handed down in favor of Steve C. Thornton on August 3rd.
Thornton says Madison police officers pepper sprayed and slammed him to the ground in June of 2008 after he complained about lights from police vehicles shining into the back of his house. His home is located next an intersection where police target speeding drivers.
The jury held former officer Thomas Carpenter along with current officers James Craft and Ronald Bell liable for their actions.
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