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Connecticut town to discuss settling wrongful death lawsuit

November 25, 2019 GMT

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut community’s town council is expected to discuss settling a federal lawsuit brought by the family of a man who died in police custody.

The Hartford Courant reports that East Hartford’s council is scheduled to meet Tuesday to consider settling the wrongful death complaint filed on behalf of Jose Maldonado’s estate. The suit says town police officers used excessive force when they beat the intoxicated man and shocked him with a stun gun for 20 seconds before leaving him to die on a jail cell floor in 2014 days before his 23rd birthday.

Attorney David Cohen, representing the plaintiff, said a tentative settlement agreement will be submitted to the board. Council Chairman Rich Kehoe said members will decide whether the town’s best interests are served by settling the case.

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Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com