The New Haven Register lodged a complaint Tuesday, Oct. 9 with the Freedom of Information Commission against Hamden
for not releasing information on a settlement in an excessive force case against Hamden
Nicholas and Stephen Alberino sued several Hamden
police officers in 2008 in U.S. District Court, claiming they were “brutally assaulted by a group of Hamden
police officers,” in October 2007.
The lawsuit named officers William Onofrio, Angelo DeLieto, Michael DePalma, Dedric Jones, Mark Sheppard, and Michael Mello as defendants, according to the 2010 second amended complaint.
The parties reached a settlement agreement earlier this year. The New Haven Register asked Town Attorney Sue Gruen and the lawyer who handled the case, Scott Karsten, for the settlement amount in August, but they have not supplied the information.
In its complaint to the Freedom of Information Commission, the Register indicated, “The public has a right to know information about a settlement involving litigation which stems from alleged misconduct by public employees. The public has a right to know the amount of a settlement, whether it was directly funded by taxpayer money, or by an insurance settlement in which coverage is paid for by taxpayers.”
Read the Register’s original story on the lawsuit from 2008 here
Labels: excessive force, Hamden Police Department, Scott Karsten, Sue Gruen