Springdale Borough's insurance carrier will pay $98,500 to an Allegheny County police officer to settle a lawsuit stemming from an alleged assault and false accusation by the municipality's police officers.
The borough confirmed the terms of the settlement with county officer Ray Hrabos on Monday in response to a right-to-know request by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Officer Hrabos sued last year saying that in 2010, when he was driving to his Springdale home, he honked his horn at a truck that was blocking the road, then exited his car and asked the driver to proceed.
Two Springdale officers, including Mark E. Thom, were in the truck. Mr. Thom, who is no longer employed by the borough, pulled his firearm, reholstered it, and then hit Officer Hrabos in the throat, according to the complaint filed by attorney Timothy P. O'Brien.
Another Springdale officer later charged Officer Hrabos by mail with four crimes, all of which were eventually dropped or dismissed.
Mr. Thom last month pleaded guilty to violating civil rights in relation to another incident, and awaits a July sentencing.
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