Sinsheimer & Associates to Appear Before the First Circuit in Police Brutality Case

Jun 10, 2017

Sinsheimer & Associates will appear before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit regarding the defendant-officer’s right to claim Qualified Immunity.

On January 26, 2016, a jury found that Essex County Sherriff’s Officer, George Gikas, used excessive force when he threw Alfonso Ciolino to the street, while on routine crowd control during the St. Peter’s Festival in Gloucester, Massachusetts.  Mr. Ciolino was severely injured during the encounter, tearing his rotator cuff.  Mr. Ciolino’s injury caused him to lose a year of work.  Mr. Ciolino was awarded $298,767.34, which includes lost wages and attorney’s fees.

After the verdict, Gikas Appealed to the First Circuit claiming he was entitled to Qualified Immunity. Oral arguments are scheduled for June 6, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse.