Springdale settles police brutality case for nearly $100,000
Springdale Borough's insurer has paid $98,500 to settle an Allegheny County police officer's lawsuit over a Feb. 11, 2010, incident where a Springdale police officer attacked him, Mayor Eileen Miller said Thursday.
Raymond A. Hrabos, 51, of Springdale said he was on his way home from work when officer Mark E. Thom assaulted him after he tapped on the window of another police officer's pickup truck to find out why he was blocking a narrow, snow-covered street.
U.S. District Judge David Cercone on Thursday approved a joint motion by attorneys for both sides to dismiss the lawsuit. Hrabos' attorney couldn't be reached for comment. John Giunta, the attorney for the borough and Thom, declined comment.
Springdale police charged Hrabos with misdemeanor and summary offenses after the confrontation. All but one were subsequently dismissed. An Allegheny County judge acquitted Hrabos of a disorderly conduct charge.
Thom, 31, of Springdale has pleaded guilty in an unrelated federal case to violating the civil rights of a man he arrested and is scheduled to be sentenced on July 12. Thom resigned from the police force this month.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Overnight snow delaying schools in western Pennsylvania
- LaBar: WWE not backing down from controversy
- LCB, Duquesne University police recover rare bourbon in illegal sale
- Kennametal plans plant closings, job cuts in fallout from oil and gas decline
- 3 in Westmoreland charged in painkiller ring
- Beloved North Side gardener gets new truck, paid for by her neighbors
- Stat dropoff, road struggles have Penguins seeking consistency
- Driver leaps from sliding truck just before it topples down hillside in Fawn
- Officials identify man, woman killed in apparent Oakland murder-suicide
- Rossi: In Super city, everything but football matters
- Consol Energy posts $74M profit in fourth quarter