Jury sides with former East Bank officer

A jury has awarded $646,000 to former East Bank police officer Steve W. Smith, on claims that city officials wrongfully fired him after he charged town recorder Bill Thompson with obstruction and disorderly conduct for intervening in the arrest of his neighbor. The controversy came in 2008, and now the jury finds the town liable of intentional infliction of emotional distress and orders $93,000 in compensatory damages including back pay, and $350,000 in punitive damages.