A federal jury has awarded a Rensselaer, NY, truck driver
$170,000 for being falsely arrested and prosecuted in connection with an incident
seven years ago.
According to the Times-Union,
trucker Frank McClellan and Steve Smith, who was a part-time officer for the
Rensselaer County District Attorney's office at the time of the incident, got
into a verbal dispute after Smith cited McClellan for opening his driver's side
door into traffic while double-parked.
Smith, who was in plain clothes at
the time, had driven by McClellan in his unmarked car, and had doubled back to issue
him a citation.
However, McClellan said the officer approached him in a
rage, shouting obscenities.