Doctor's suit against MCG goes to court

A federal civil trial began Tuesday for a former Medical College of Georgia physician who contends he was illegally retaliated against, falsely arrested and held against his will.

Dr. Tomasz Marzec sued his former employer and several MCG police officers in 2003 after he was acquitted of criminal charges.

MCG officers charged Dr. Marzec with battery, trespass and obstruction of law enforcement officers after a fracas at the school on Feb. 7, 2003.

Dr. Marzec contends the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia unfairly declined to extend his contract because he had filed an employment complaint against his supervisor.

School officials contend Dr. Marzec was being released because of unprofessional and inappropriate conduct at the school.

The issue came to a head Feb. 7, 2003, when school officials tried to give the doctor a separation letter and collect his school ID badge and keys.

MCG officers, such as former Sgt. David Toulson, said Dr. Marzec was completely out of control, irrational and fighting with officers that day. The officer suffered a broken foot in addition to cuts and bruises, he testified.

Dr. Marzec contends the officers used excessive and needless force and that he was lawfully resisting an illegal arrest.

Dr. Marzec was acquitted of all criminal charges by a Richmond County Superior Court jury in November 2003.

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