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Norwalk officers accused of brutality

Jason Singer • May 11, 2011 at 8:10 AM

A Norwalk woman has accused five Norwalk police officers of physically and emotionally abusing her during an arrest in May 2009.

Mimi L. Lee, 34, filed a federal lawsuit this week against the officers and the city of Norwalk. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Toledo, seeks $2 million in damages.

Among the officers listed as defendants: Norwalk police Chief Dave Light, who was a captain when Lee was arrested on May 7, 2009.

Lee and her husband, Richard -- both plaintiffs in the suit -- didn't answer their door Tuesday afternoon and did not return a message seeking comment.

The suit accuses Norwalk police Officer Jim Montana of choking Lee, bending her over backwards, dragging her by the handcuffs, slamming her into the ground and using other excessive violence after she was arrested and taken to Norwalk police station.

Four other officers at the police station watched the incident unfold but did nothing to stop it, the suit said.

In addition to Light and Montana, the other officers are Christopher Hipp and Thomas Cook, as well as an unnamed John Doe.

"Lee sustained permanent injury to her wrists and other injuries as a result of this brutal assault," her attorney, Daniel Wightman, wrote in the lawsuit. "The injury to her wrists required surgery."

The suit says the brutality caused Lee to endure physical and emotional pain and suffering.

Read more of this story in Wednesday's Register or e-paper.

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