Judge Dismisses Civil Suit in Brattleboro Police Shooting

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the town of Brattleboro and the two police officers who shot Robert Woodward in a West Brattleboro church in 2001. A lawyer representing Woodward’s family says the family would appeal the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Garvan Murtha.

In his 29-page ruling, Murtha dismissed the civil charges against the town and Brattleboro Police Department Officers Terrance Parker and Marshall Holbrook. The judge said there was no evidence that Woodward’s constitutional rights were violated, that police training in Brattleboro was deficient or that the two officers used excessive force.

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