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Scituate declines to settle in lawsuit

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A lawsuit against three Scituate police officers brought on by a local man will move ahead after the town rejected an offer that would have settled the case for a nominal amount of money.

The Board of Selectmen voted in executive session in February against settling the lawsuit, now in its fourth year, for a reported $20,000. Town Administrator Patricia A. Vinchesi said the Boston attorneys representing the town filed a motion in April to have the complaint dismissed.

In his complaint, Richard O’Brien accuses three Scituate police officers, including one since retired, of violating his civil rights and falsely arresting him in March 2009, while he was in a domestic dispute involving his ex-wife and her boyfriend at the time.

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