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November 11, 2008
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Man sues police for $10 million over planted drug evidence


Norval Falconer has filed a lawsuit against certain members of the New Haven police department for $10 million, claiming political pressure led to his arrest and incarceration two years ago by corrupt detectives. (AP Photo)

By Edmund H. Mahony
Hartford Courant

NEW HAVEN — A New Haven man is suing the city for $10 million, claiming political pressure to crack down on drug dealing led to his arrest and incarceration two years ago by corrupt detectives who planted drugs in an apartment he was visiting.

Norval Falconer charges in the suit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in New Haven that pressure by the mayor and chief of police to clean up drug-plagued city neighborhoods created a culture of lawlessness among narcotics detectives that led to the falsification of evidence and widespread civil rights abuses.

Full story: Man sues police for $10 million over planted drug evidence






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