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Credit: The Courant - Mark Maher, depicted with scar above right eye
Credit: The Courant - Mark Maher, depicted with scar above right eye

Officer On Paid Leave in Connecticut Brutality Case Had Guns Confiscated After Domestic Charges

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An Enfield, Connecticut police officer placed on paid administrative leave following a brutality complaint brought by a Windsor man in April, has a sorted past.

Mark Maher filed the complaint against a K-9 officer and 10-year veteran Matthew Worden, back in April, after he was arrested and charged with assault and resisting arrest by Worden and three other officers.

From The Courant:

Maher said the incident began when he and three friends, including two girls, were hanging out at the boat launch on the Thompsonville section of Enfield on the night of April 1. Maher said that two Enfield police cruisers pulled into the boat launch area each with two officers, including one female officer.

The officers first started questioning a friend of Maher’s, he said. Maher said as that was occurring he lit a cigarette and an officer told him to put it out. Maher said he did but not before making a comment about why he had to do so since it was outdoors and “we’re in America.”

Maher said he was struck in the right eye at least three times. He was handcuffed and placed on the ground. Police then searched his car and found nothing, Maher said.

Maher said paramedics were called to the scene to look at his injuries but he was not transported to the hospital at that time. He said he asked to be taken to the hospital.

This isn’t the only time Worden has came under scrutiny. Back in 2007, he was suspended for 60 days after being arrested and charged with two counts of breach of peace and one count of third-degree assault when he fought with another police officer trying to break up a domestic dispute between him and his girlfriend.

Worden’s girlfriend, Michelle Courcio, 22, also was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Both were arraigned in Superior Court in Enfield. Judge Richard Dyer issued a partial protective order which required Worden to surrender all of his guns and gun permits to local police.

Worden and Courcio were placed in the pretrial family violence education program to address anger management issues and the charges were eventually dropped.

Maher is due back in court on Aug. 18 where a judge may dismiss his charges. Police State Daily could not reach Worden for comment.