2 park rangers cleared of excessive force claim

Posted Aug. 08, 2009, at 3:20 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:59 a.m.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Two rangers from Acadia National Park will not face disciplinary action or federal prosecution after accusations that they used excessive force in breaking up a party atop Day Mountain last year.

The episode unfolded early on Aug. 18, 2008, when a group of 40 people, many of whom worked at Jordan Pond House restaurant, made a midnight hike up Day Mountain.

Rangers responding to a complaint issued citations for possession of marijuana and possession of alcohol by a minor. During the incident, Tim Wild said, he was thrown to the ground and suffered facial injuries. Rangers said he was belligerent and struggling to avoid handcuffs.

Wild’s attorney, Jon Holder, said the government has until this Friday to respond to a damage claim by his client — otherwise, Holder will sue.