Town Settles With Ticketed Professor
SHREWSBURY, Mass. (AP) _ A college professor who claimed he was roughed up by a police officer during an arrest for failing to pay a $2 parking ticket won a $10,000 settlement from the town.
William A. Rust filed a lawsuit in federal court in Boston in 1986, charging the officer violated his civil rights in the May 1983 arrest. Rust said a wrist injury he had suffered was aggravated by the officer’s unnecessary use of force.
″I have no criminal record. I wasn’t a threat to law and order and I certainly wasn’t going to leave town,″ Rust said this week.
Rust, a professor of politics at Framingham State College who has lived in Shrewsbury for 24 years, was arrested at his home after he failed to pay a 1981 parking ticket for violation of a parking ban on his street.
Town Counsel T. Philip Leader said Rust had been notified several times that he was in default. Rust’s attorney, Stewart Herrick, denied his client had been advised.
″I think it’s an awful miscarriage of justice that he got $10,000,″ said Shrewsbury Police Chief Robert McGinley. The settlement was paid by the town’s insurance company.
Herrick countered, ″Certainly there must be more important things for the police to concern themselves with, or Shrewsbury must be an awfully peaceful little town.″