Man sues Ballston Spa PD, says officer threw phone at him

A Saratoga Springs man is suing the Ballston Spa Police Department for $4 million, saying one of its

An alleged incident in a Saratoga Springs Dunkin’ Donuts shop has resulted in a $4 million federal lawsuit being filed against the Ballston Spa Police Department.

Jason Woodrow of Saratoga Springs on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Albany seeking the damages for psychological and physical injury.

The lawsuit charges Ballston Spa Police Officer Patricia Alfieri took away his cell phone while he was in line at the doughnut shop and subsequently threw it at him.

The alleged incident took place about 11:15 p.m. Jan. 28, 2007, at the Dunkin’ Donuts on South Broadway in Saratoga Springs, according to court papers. Alfieri, who was in uniform, claimed Woodrow was using the phone to photograph her, took the phone away, and after looking through the pictures threw the phone at him, according to the lawsuit,

Mayor John P. Romano said the matter has been turned over to the village’s insurance carrier, and he couldn’t comment further.

Alfieri, who worked for the village part-time for two years, was not reappointed last year, he said.

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