Charges dropped against man allegedly punched by police

Officer Matthew Worden and Falco (Photo: enfield-ct.gov).
Officer Matthew Worden and Falco (Photo: enfield-ct.gov).

ENFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — A 25-year-old Windsor man has won the first round in a police brutality case against the Enfield Police.

In an Enfield Police dashboard camera video, a police officer, identified as Matthew Worden, is clearly seen punching 25-year-old Mark Maher in the face multiple times. Earlier in the video, Maher had appeared to be compliant but is heard complaining of police brutality as he his wrestled to the ground.

Maher’s mugshot taken shortly after the April 1 incident gives graphic evidence of the injury he received. Today, an Enfield Superior Court judge dismissed charges of resisting arrest and assault on a police officer that had been filed against Maher following the incident at a boat launch in Enfield.

Maher’s attorney tells News 8 he will file a lawsuit against the Town of Enfield within the next few days. His lawyer also tells News 8 that at least four others have come forward to complain about incidents of police brutality against Officer Worden, who is a 10-year veteran of the force.  Worden is currently on paid leave during an internal police investigation.

Based on the video, the Enfield Police filed an arrest warrant charging Officer Worden with third-degree assault. After viewing the video Hartford County States’ Attorney Gail Hardy decided not to pursue the charges against him.

Maher says the beating was unprovoked. “I did not do anything to warrant or deserve what was done to me that night. I have this scar above my eye for the rest of my life because of what was done to me,” he said.

Enfield Police Chief Carl Sferrazza tells News 8 that he is unable comment on the internal investigation in this case but was able to confirm that there is now more than one.

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