2009-12-17 / Local & State

Pa. State Trooper Cleared Of Assaulting Motorist

MOUNTAINHOME, Pa. (AP) – A state trooper in northeastern Pennsylvania has been cleared on charges of assaulting a motorist during a traffic stop.

Magisterial District Judge John Whitesell dismissed charges including simple assault and official oppression against 37-year-old Tpr. Mark Shutkufski during a preliminary hearing Thursday.

Shutkufski was charged after the motorist complained Shutkufski punched him and pointed a stun gun at his head during a traffic stop in July 2008 in the Pocono Mountains.

The judge dismissed the charges after a witness said he did not see Shutkufski throw a punch. Footage from the police car’s dashboard video camera shows the two men struggling.

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