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County Corrections Officer Cleared of Excessive Force Charges

The incident took place in 2007 as a corrections officer was transporting a juvenile from Harborfields.

An Atlantic County Justice Facility corrections officer was cleared of charges relating to an excessive force claim from 2007, Atlantic County officials announced Monday morning, Dec. 10.

The officers had been accused of using excessive force against Kyleah Street, who was 17 at the time, while transporting her from the Harborfields Juvenile Detention Center to the county justice facility on Sept. 27, 2007, according to county officials.

The jury in a U.S. District Court unanimously found that the any force used by the officer was "a good faith effort to maintain and restore discipline and did not constitute excessive force," according to county officials.

“Our corrections officers are highly trained and skilled professionals who have a responsibility to protect public safety within the limits of the law,” Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson said. “Atlantic County will defend itself against frivolous lawsuits that seek monetary damages for perceived injuries. Case in point, end of story.”

Shawn G December 10, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Good! So tired of these low life criminals trying to get money out of the law abiding tax payer because they put themselves in a bad situation. Shame on her family for suing also. Instead take the time and money you wasted and teach your children to be a productive member of society.
T. Ship March 09, 2013 at 01:06 AM
So, Shawn G, YOU were there at the time the allege abuse took place? Too, it seems you don't believe ANY suit has merit when it comes to the plaintiff actually receiving monetary damages to which they may actually have been entitled simply on the grounds that the tax payer shoulders the bill. Perhaps you should pay closer attention to the officials that are on the payrolls and keep bending the taxpayer over.

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