Federal jury exonerates Butler County officers of excessive force

A federal jury in Cincinnati recently exonerated two Butler County corrections officers in an excessive force lawsuit filed by a former inmate.

Corey Williams filed suit in the U.S. District Court in May 2015, alleging Derrick Collins, Maria Slone and several other jail deputies physically assaulted him while he was briefly in custody a year before following a traffic stop during which pot was allegedly found. He was seeking more than $400,000 in compensatory and punitive damages for violation of his civil rights.

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The original complaint against the corrections officers and Sheriff Richard Jones alleged that he was punched, kicked, tased, slammed to the ground and held on the ground.

The officers countered that Williams was combative when they were dealing with him.

There were only two officers left in the suit when it went to trial last month, as the sheriff and all others were dismissed earlier. After four days, the jury found in favor of the officers.

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