Parents settle lawsuit with Monessen and one of its police officers

| Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, 3:16 p.m.

The parents of a Monessen High School student who was shot with a Taser in 2010 have settled their federal lawsuit against Monessen and one of its police officers, according to court documents filed Thursday.

The parents, identified only by the initials M.T. and B.T., claimed that Officer Lloyd Aldrich used excessive force while arresting their son, identified only as M.T., during halftime at a basketball game. The city and Aldrich claim in their answer that M.T. was convicted of criminal charges and deny that Aldrich used excessive force during the arrest.

The incident stemmed from a fight between two teenage girls, which escalated into a riot at halftime of the Monessen-Washington boys' basketball game. The lawyer for the parents declined to comment. City Administrator John Harhai referred questions to City Solicitor Mark Spire, who couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

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