EASTON, Conn. -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a $5 million federal lawsuit can go forward against the police departments of Easton, Monroe, Trumbull, Darien and Wilton in connection with a deadly raid on an Easton home in 2008, according to the Connecticut Post .
On May 18, 2008, a regional SWAT team, staffed by 21 officers from the five towns, raided Ronald Terebesi's home at 91 Dogwood Drive in Easton while he was watching. His friend, Gonzalo Guizan, 33, of Norwalk, was shot to death and Terebesi was injured when police pinned him to the floor.
Police raided the house on a tip that drugs and weapons were in the home. Only a small amount of drugs and no weapons were found in the deadly raid.
The towns settled a lawsuit with Guizan’s family for $3.5 million in 2013. Terebesi filed a lawsuit saying that his civil rights had been violated and that he was experiencing post traumatic syndrome, the Post said.
The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled last year that the police departments are not shielded by government immunity to protect them from millions of dollars in civil rights claims. The towns appealed that ruling to the high court but lost on Wednesday.
Read the full story here at the Connecticut Post website.
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