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TOPIC: Collingswood and Woodlynne pay $15,000 to settle police false arrest/excessive force suit

Collingswood and Woodlynne pay $15,000 to settle police false arrest/excessive force suit 2 years 9 months ago #726

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On May 5, 2014, the Boroughs of Collingswood and Woodlynne (Camden County) agreed to pay $15,000 to a Woodlynne man who sued members of the Collingswood Police Department for allegedly assaulting and arresting him without probable cause.

In his suit, Earl Whaley said that on August 25, 2008, he was playing cards with his friends on his front porch in Woodlynne.  He claimed that even though he was creating no disturbance, Police Officer Brian Eidmann falsely stated that a neighbor had filed a noise complaint and told Whaley and his friends to "keep it down."  Whaley claimed that when he "voiced his objections forcefully and with occasional profane word" Eidmann "barged through the closed screen door and onto the screened in porch" and "ripped the chair out from under [Whaley] and then struck him one or more times about the face."  Whaley said he was arrested for disorderly conduct but was later acquitted.

It appears from the lawsuit that Woodlynne contracts its police services out to Collingswood Borough.

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