Charges Dropped Against Man In Police Assault Case

ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ A state judge has dismissed assault charges against a man who is accusing Enfield police of beating him up with excessive force and arresting him for no reason.

Enfield Superior Court Judge Howard Scheinblum dropped charges against 25-year-old Mark Maher of Windsor on Tuesday. He was charged with assaulting police and resisting arrest April 1 at the Enfield boat launch, where he said he was hanging out with friends and not doing anything wrong.

Police said they were investigating possible drug use. Police cruiser video shows officers forcing Maher to the ground and Officer Matthew Worden punching Maher.

Worden is on paid leave pending an internal affairs investigation. Prosecutors declined to file criminal charges against him.

Maher has filed a brutality complaint and plans to sue Enfield police.

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