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Chaska Officer Wins Jury Trial


In July 2009 Chaska police received a call from an agent attempting to repossess Plaintiff Mark Grams’ vehicle. When officers arrived, Grams and several neighbors were preventing the vehicle from being repossessed. Grams appeared to punch one of the repossessing agents and was placed under arrest. Grams, however, ignored officer commands, reached back into his vehicle, and physically resisted arrest. Grams was taken to the ground and handcuffed once he stopped resisting. Grams sued the officers claiming they used excessive force. The case went to trial on November 12, 2014, where Grams’ inconsistent statements, undisputed violence, and unsubstantiated injuries were highlighted. After a two-day trial, a federal United States District Court jury found no excessive force was used in Grams’ arrest. The Chaska officers were represented by Nathan C. Midolo.


Chaska Officer Wins Jury Trial