Maine Police Brutality Case Settled

June 29, 2011

A Maine man is going to get $725,000 as part of a police brutality settlement that was reached as the case was set to go to trial in federal court.

Ronald Eaton of Deer Isle had sued several Hancock County and Ellsworth officials after he was arrested in 2006.

Eaton argued police had no reason to arrest him when an off-duty sheriff’s deputy accosted him and broke his right shoulder in a restaurant parking lot. He also accused several corrections officers of violating his rights when he was taken to the Hancock County Jail.

In 2007 a judge dismissed criminal charges against Eaton that followed the 2006 incident.

The Bangor Daily News said the settlement will be paid by insurance companies.

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