Judge sets trial date for Millvale police officer

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A federal judge Thursday set a Nov. 17 trial date in the civil rights indictment brought against a Millvale police officer accused of violating a man's civil rights by shocking him with a Taser while he was handcuffed.

U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab set the date following a status conference this morning in the case against Nicole Murphy, of Shaler.

Ms. Murphy is accused of using her Taser on drunken arrestee Thomas Jason James Smith after he, while handcuffed and kneeling, banged his head repeatedly against a desk. The September 2012 incident was captured on video. Ms. Murphy's attorney, Robert Stewart, has said that she shocked him to keep him from further injuring himself.

Ms. Murphy is charged with depriving another of civil rights and is free on $25,000 unsecured bond. She is on unpaid leave from Millvale, Mr. Stewart said.

Millvale paid $37,500 to resolve Mr. Smith’s related lawsuit against the borough and the officer.


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