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Thursday, November 26, 2015

$400,000 Partition Settlement paid by City

  • Middletown settles excessive-force lawsuit for $400,000

  • Middletown — A $5.50 chicken dinner that cost a Middletown cop his job 
  • wound up costing the City of Middletown $400,000.
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  • Patrick Moser
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    • By Oliver Mackson
      Posted Nov. 21, 2006 at 2:00 AM 

      Middletown — A $5.50 chicken dinner

      that cost a Middletown cop his job wound

      up costing the City of Middletown $400,000.
      That's how much the city and one of its

      insurance carriers paid to settle a

      federal lawsuit against the police

      department earlier this year, according to documents reviewed by the Times Herald-

      Record. The city paid $150,000 out of its own pocket, while Selective Insurance Group

      covered $250,000.
      The lawsuit accused Officer Patrick Moser of using excessive force and violating

      the civil rights of a 29-year-old man named Jacob Fitzgerald during an arrest

      last year. Moser was booted from his job after he was caught lying about a detail

      of the arrest and faces jail time. The settlement shows the price that the city as a

      whole had to pay for Moser's misdeeds.
      The story begins about 3 a.m. on April 9, 2005. Police got a call from the Kennedy

      Fried Chicken restaurant on North Street, complaining that Fitzgerald had left without

      paying for his $5.50 chicken dinner.
      Fitzgerald claimed Moser punched him without provocation. He suffered a broken jaw

      during the arrest.
      Moser contended that Fitzgerald was drunk and belligerent and

      hit his face on a divider (partition) in the police car.

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