Parents sue Maine officer, town in son’s death

Posted Jan. 05, 2010, at 9:27 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The parents of a Maine teenager who was fatally shot by a reserve police officer have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the former officer and the town of Waldoboro.

Eighteen-year-old Gregori Jackson of Whitefield was shot five times by Waldoboro Officer Zachary Curtis during a confrontation after a traffic stop in September 2007. The attorney general’s office cleared Curtis of wrongdoing.

In their complaint filed Monday in federal court in Portland, Natalie and Millard Jackson claim Curtis used excessive force while trying to arrest their son. The Portland Press Herald says the suit seeks unspecified monetary damages. Curtis resigned from the police department last year.