Charges dropped in Enfield police brutality case - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Charges dropped in Enfield police brutality case

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ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

Charges filed against a man who said he was attacked by an Enfield police officer have been dropped by the state.

In April, Maher was charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest after Enfield police said they were investigating a possible drug use at the Donald W. Barnes boat launch.

However, Maher said all he was doing was smoking a cigarette.

As officers moved to arrest Maher, the police cruiser dash camera captured a video where Maher said he was punched repeatedly by Enfield Police Officer Matthew Worden.

"My rights were taken from me that night. I was beat up over a cigarette," Maher said.

An Enfield Superior Court judge agreed that Maher was not doing anything wrong that night, and dropped all of the charges against him.

"I didn't do anything to warrant or deserve what was done to me that night. I have this scar about my eye for the rest of my life because of what was done to me," Maher added.

The Enfield police chief confirmed that there is an internal investigation into what happened, and that Officer Worden has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Maher is suing the Enfield Police Department.

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