During the summer of 2008 an incident at Acadia National Park resulted in accusations of excessive force being used by a park ranger while attempting to handcuff a suspect. The suspect fell and fractured bones in his facial area. Since that time the Government has awarded the injured party $45,000 in settlement of a law suit and $23,000 to cover his legal expenses.
The park ranger involved was found not to be culpable or have used excessive force following investigation by the National Park Service’s Office of Professional Services and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
In a new development, following a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) suit filed in Federal Court by the injured person’s lawyer all the investigative documents and reports have been released to the public. All these documents are now posted on the Internet for all to review and come to their own conclusions.
You can read more about the incident and access a link to the investigative document on the Internet at:
This should serve as a reminder to all park rangers of the importance of writing accurate, concise, and readable reports no matter what the incident being documented. You never know where your work may appear.