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Jury finds Atlantic City cop used excessive force

12-20-13

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Jurors have awarded a man $500,000 in compensatory damages after finding an Atlantic City police officer used excessive force and was not properly trained.

The federal jury in Camden found Officer Sterling Wheaten did not owe punitive damages in the lawsuit, which was filed by a former deputy state attorney general. Michael Troso was arrested at his bachelor party at Trump Marina Restaurant in 2008.

Troso said he was beaten and lost his job as a result of the arrest.

Jurors found four other officers named in the lawsuit did nothing wrong.

The lawyer who represented the officers tells The Press of Atlantic City (http://bit.ly/1bfRn6H ) she plans to appeal and will seek to set aside the verdict against the city, which owes half of the award.

Wheaten faces additional lawsuits.

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Information from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com