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June 27, 2013

Claims of excessive force have haunted Molen

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The lawsuit alleged that after McCoy was knocked to the ground, “Molen proceeded to unjustifiably assault McCoy.”
“After placing handcuffs on McCoy, with no resistance or provocation from McCoy, Molen continued to use excessive force while placing McCoy into the police cruiser, causing McCoy to suffer severe bodily injury,” the lawsuit alleged.
The lawsuit claimed McCoy had to be taken to the hospital for treatment before he was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center. 
The lawsuit also alleged that Pulaski County Sheriff Todd Wood, Pulaski County Judge-executive Barty Bullock and fiscal court “were aware of Molen’s repeated use of excessive force as early as 2007 and they have individually and/or in a conspiracy with one another, participated or acquiesced in, contributed to, encouraged, implicitly authorized or approved the conduct ...”
After the incident, McCoy was charged with reckless driving, menacing, fleeing or evading the police, driving on a DUI-suspended license, no registration plates or receipt and failure to maintain insurance.
McCoy was later indicted for reckless driving; driving on a suspended license; driving without a registration plate; and menacing, by intentionally placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury.
That lawsuit was dismissed in federal court on Oct. 29. The details of that dismissal were not made available to the public, although an attorney representing the county in the case stated that the issue had been resolved. 

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