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Court Rules No Immunity for Agencies Sued Over Fatal Connecticut Drug Raid

August 26, 2014  | 

A federal appeals court has ruled the police departments of Easton, Monroe, Trumbull, Darien and Wilton, Conn., cannot use a shield of immunity to protect them from millions of dollars in civil rights claims arising from a 2008 tactical-team raid that killed a Norwalk man and injured an Easton homeowner.

In a 51-page decision, 10 months after it heard arguments in the case, the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals cleared the way for a jury to decide whether the police departments violated Ronald Terebesi's constitutional rights when a heavily armed team smashed down his door, tossed stun grenades into his home and fatally shot his house guest, 33-year-old Gonzalo Guizan, as the two men were watching TV.

During the raid, Guizan was shot half a dozen times by Monroe Officer Michael Sweeney, the Connecticut Post reports.

The police team's action was based on a claim by an exotic dancer that she saw a small amount of cocaine and some smoking pipes in Terebesi's home.

Last February, the towns agreed to pay $3.5 million to Guizan's family to settle their lawsuit. Terebesi states in his lawsuit he was injured when police pinned him to the floor and hit him in the head with a gun butt. He claims he is suffering from post-traumatic stress as a result from the raid and his civil rights were violated.


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TheRookie @ 8/26/2014 10:26 PM

State and Federal Courts are running scared.

Bill @ 8/27/2014 8:25 AM

They executed a no-knock raid based solely on information gleaned from an exotic dancer, presumably without any further investigation prior to execution of the raid.

Where did common sense go?

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