Victory on Claims of Excessive Force Against Task Force Members

Tom Weiler and John Masters successfully defended four members of the DuPage County Tactical Narcotics Team (TNT) from federal Sec. 1983 claims of excessive force. In a four day trial before U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman, Tom and John represented two Lisle and two Woodridge police officers assigned to the TNT. Two of the officers were dismissed at the close of the plaintiff’s case on a motion for a directed finding, while the remaining two officers were cleared by a federal jury. All were part of an undercover operation to arrest a known drug dealer in DuPage County. Claims of failure to intervene were also dismissed at the close of the plaintiff’s case.