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Civil Trial Against Two Bangor Police Officers Starts in Federal Court 

Erica Stapleton

A civil suit against two Bangor Police Officers started today in Federal Court.

Samuel Cyr is suing officer Joseph Baillargeon and now Deputy Chief Brad Johnston for use of excessive force.

This stems from an altercation Cyr says happened outside now-closed Barnaby’s in Bangor in December 2011.

He says he was beaten by police.

Witnesses so far include his friend and cousin who were both with him that night.

His cousin testified to hearing police slam Cyr into a van, and seeing them push him to the ground and pressing his face into the parking lot.

The defense has raised question about the amount of alcohol Cyr and his friends consumed that night.

The trial is expected to continue all week.