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Worcester officer cleared of brutality

WORCESTER — A jury has found in favor of a Worcester police officer who was accused in a lawsuit of severely beating a man with his nightstick during a fight outside a club.

Randy Martineau alleged in the suit that Officer Jarrett Watkins struck him seven times with the baton, breaking bones in his head and neck ­area and inflicting other injuries while trying to break up the fracas in April 2005. Martineau, who lives in Fitchburg, said he was an innocent bystander.

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