Federal Civil Rights Suit Filed Against City In Colorado Avenue Police Dispute

From Dan Tepfer, CT Post:

Carmelo Mendez is demanding the city pay $5 million after police officers allegedly beat him, denied him medical care and then arrested him after dozens of officers broke up his niece’s 12th birthday party at his sister-in-law’s Colorado Avenue home in 2017.

His lawsuit, claiming his constitutional rights were violated by Mayor Joseph Ganim, Police Chief Armando Perez and 13 police officers, was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court here.

… This comes after an Office of Internal Affairs Investigation found that 17 officers and two civilian detention officers used excessive force, lied on official police reports and violated a laundry list of Police Department regulations in the Colorado Avenue incident.

Full story here.

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8 comments

  1. This comes as no surprise to any sane person. How does the city defend or win this when it’s own investigating arm, the Office of Internal Affairs Investigation found that 17 officers and two civilian detention officers used excessive force, lied on official police reports and violated a laundry list of Police Department regulations?

    All those people that said Chief Perez was a great choice as the new Chief of the Bridgeport Police Department stand up and raise your hand so that everyone can see who you are!

  2. Police Chief AJ Perez by those who know and meet him all say that he is a real person but how many more lawsuits and reports concerning the bad judgement, decisions and poor leadership can Police Chief AJ Perez remain as the Bridgeport Police Chief. What is worse is Mayor Joe Ganim lack of leadership and with no backbone, how long will he allow Chief Perez to remain as the Police Chief, oh wait a minute, Mr. Charles Ramsey will give Ganim and Perez some talking points and a plan to save Perez.

  3. I spoke with Attorney Berk regarding my Success Village matter. He has litigated many civil rights violations and won many of his lawsuits.

    We had a good conversation.

    Hmmm…

      1. Rich,

        Just to be clear, I was referred to him by my criminal defense attorney months ago.

        This latest incident only adds fuel to the fire.

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