Mid-Michigan officers cleared in US civil trial - WNEM TV 5

Mid-Michigan officers cleared in US civil trial

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - A federal civil jury has cleared two mid-Michigan police officers of wrongdoing in a 2007 shooting.

Jurors decided against awarding monetary damages in the death of William Scozzari, who was killed Sept. 18, 2007, outside the Lone Pine Motel in Clare.

In their verdict Friday, jurors didn't find fault with Clare Police Chief Dwayne Miedzianowski and Officer Jeremy McGraw, and the city of Clare.

Steven Scozzari filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Bay City.

He accused the officers and the city of violating William Scozzari's constitutional protection against excessive force.

Clare City Treasurer Steven Kingsbury says he was "very pleased" that Miedzianowski and McGraw were "exonerated."

Several months after the shooting, Clare County Prosecutor Norman Gage cleared Miedzianowski and McGraw of wrongdoing.

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