Friday, April 24, 2009

Hospital in NC fires officer for excessive force

Hospital in NC fires officer for excessive force

Published: Fri, Apr. 24, 2009 08:21AMModified Fri, Apr. 24, 2009 08:22AM
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DURHAM, N.C. -- A police officer at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Durham has been fired after accusations of excessive force, but his lawyer says he did nothing wrong.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday that attorney Jason Wunsch said Peter Maroney was fired and plans to appeal.

Officials accused Maroney of using pepper spray and his night stick last October on a patient with a history of mental illness. Maroney says the patient hit him in the face.

An initial review found no wrongdoing by Maroney, but administrators later decided he used excessive force.

The attorney said Maroney was a military police officer in the Army before joining the VA police force seven years ago.

Information from: The News & Observer,


I am mixed on this yes Police Officers have a right to defend themselves, but at what point does self defense become excessive force, and at VA hospitals thoughts must be used that the veterans are normally there because they are ill, force should be a last resort not the first option.

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