Civil Trial Against Two Bangor Police Officers Starts in Federal Court

Erica Stapleton

Updated 6 months ago

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.

  • Mark Breidt

    his cousin is testifying he HEARD the officers slam. the him onto a van. ok he heard what acutally why didnt he SEE the officers do it

  • Adam

    Good question mark, perhaps that is what he said, but does it matter. Drunk or not, no officer has the right to use excessive force, especially when the officer didn’t have the “story” or facts together before hand!

  • buddyme

    I applied to the Bangor PD 2 years ago. I would be an exceptional police officer as I have delt wiith numerous intoxicated people without force in other jobs.. Barnaby’s is roudy after hours and drunks are difficult to persuade to go home. There are better methods to get people to comply, especially after drinking at a bar. Next time bring a ton of donuts to give to the crowd! I did not know Barnaby’s closed.

  • Davida Willette

    bangor police do harass people. i was harassed several times in walmart applebees McDonalds on hogan road