Mohegan Sun patron wins excessive force case

In this Sept. 18, 2013 file photo, patrons play craps at tables at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
In this Sept. 18, 2013 file photo, patrons play craps at tables at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A judge has awarded more than $90,000 to a patron of the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut, ruling that an officer used excessive force against him.

Attorneys for the casino and the patron say they believe it’s the first tribal court ruling of its kind involving excessive force at Mohegan Sun.

Chief Judge Paul Guernsey of the Mohegan Gaming Disputes Court awarded $92,344 to Jerry D’Ambra Jr. of Warwick, Rhode Island. The judge ruled last month that an officer used excessive force during a takedown maneuver, resulting in a painful knee injury.

Robert Rhodes, an attorney for the tribe, says the officer was trying to prevent the intoxicated patron from falling forward and injuring himself. He says he’s considering an appeal.

D’Ambra’s attorney, Mary Puhlick, says she’s happy with the decision.

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