Springdale Borough settles with Tarentum man in case of former officer shocking him with Taser

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Springdale Borough signed onto a settlement under which its insurer must pay $225,000 to a Tarentum man who said a former police officer assaulted him, according to documents released today.

The borough did not admit wrongdoing in relation to former officer Mark Thom's 2011 traffic stop of Gary Cahill.

Mr. Cahill sued in federal court claiming Mr. Thom, while on duty for the borough, handcuffed him and repeatedly shocked him with a Taser at a time when police officials were already on notice of other accusations of unnecessary use of force.

Mr. Thom, 32, of Springdale Borough, pleaded guilty in March to violating Mr. Cahill's civil rights and is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 22.

The borough released the agreement in response to a request from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette under the right-to-know law.

The borough in April released a separate settlement agreement obligating its insurer to pay $98,500 to settle an Allegheny County police officer's claim that Mr. Thom assaulted and falsely accused him in 2010.

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Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord. First Published October 7, 2013 11:22 AM


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