Discipline Dropped: East Hartford Officer Settles With Town - NBC Connecticut

Discipline Dropped: East Hartford Officer Settles With Town

East Hartford police officer settles with town, gets pay reimbursed, but $20 million civil suit still looms

(Published Wednesday, May 27, 2015)

An East Hartford officer is cleared after a mother accused him of assaulting her 12-year-old son.

Veteran Officer Woodrow Tinsley will now receive full pay for the two weeks he was suspended back in 2012 after being accused of using excessive force.

Karla Huaman said Officer Tinsley struck her son, giving him bruises and abrasions.

He'd been dispatched to the home to help when the 12-year-old was refusing to go to a psychological evaluation. East Hartford's police union disputed Huaman's claim, and Police Chief Scott Sansom eventually agreed.

In addition to receiving his back pay, Tinsley was retrained on how to deal with youth at a scene call.

Tinsley and the town are still being sued for $20 million in a federal civil suit. Neither Huaman or her attorney could be reached for comment.

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