Norwalk officers accused of brutality

A Norwalk woman has accused five Norwalk police officers of physically and emotionally abusing her during an arrest in May 2009.
Jason Singer
May 11, 2011

 

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.

Comments

wicked

SERIOUSLY?!

KURTje

I think Mimi is a liar.

alrightthen

 She was caught peeing in the Fisher Titus ER parking lot? Isnt there a bathroom in the waiting room/ lobby of the er? if im not mistaken. She is lucky she wasnt slapped with public indecency charges. In the report it says she was being held for observation and said "she got up to use the bathroom", it  never said she asked to use the bathroom. She sound like anyone else on COPS whining that the cuffs are too tight. and 2 years after the fact? Sounds a little odd to me.

yogi bear

Isn't this the same person who rolled over her SUV, after drinking and with her kids inside, on whittlesey in Norwalk.

alrightthen

 http://www.norwalkreflector.com/content/norwalk-woman-gets-dui-rollover-kids

^link to article 

Drunk driving and rolls her suv with 3 children in it at 4 pm.

HAHAHAHA.

Get real.

sandusky99

can we say....golddigger!!!!

get a job and earn your money like everyone else and quit trying to tarnish other peoples good names because you can't or don't have money. And why did you wait after 2 whole years to finally file a lawsuit?

yea right

can we say BOUT TIME.. some cops think since 9/11 that all people in America are terriorist..and treat us as such..you people are on here.. look up the brutality that some cops dish out....like one innocent bystander.. was pushed by a cop so hard he is a vegatable for the rest of his life.. and yes innocent..

i am not saying all cops are bad.. but there are a few that need a different line of work..

Sam

Can anyone say "model citizen"   Check out her long record at the Norwalk Municipal Court website, then decide if you would want her as your neighbor or child care provider.

 

8ballinthesidepocket

Yeah right.  Both her and her ambulance chasing lawyer should be disbarred, she from the taverns and he from the legal system.  What a joke, took her five years to wake up?  This person has quite a history with our legal system and we shouldn't waste five seconds with her in court.  Go drink some more and see if you can do even more flips and rollovers with your car.  Come on people, this is ridiculous.

Redandblue354

Concerning: Lee, Mimi L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 03/09/2009
Arr. Agency: SNOR Case #: 0900323
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: PERS.DISORDERLY
Case Type: Criminal 2 Concerning: Lee, Mimi L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 05/11/2009
Arr. Agency: SNOR Case #: 0900708A
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: PERS.DISORDERLY
Case Type: Criminal 3 Concerning: Lee, Mimi L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 05/11/2009
Arr. Agency: NOR Case #: 0900708B
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: OPEN CONTAINER
Case Type: Criminal 4 Concerning: Lee, Mimi L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 10-22-2009
Arr. Agency: OSP Case #: 0901875
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: ENDANGER CHILD
Case Type: Criminal 5 Concerning: Lee, Mimi L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 05/11/2009
Arr. Agency: SNOR Case #: 0903080A
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: OVI/UNDER INFLU
Case Type: Traffic 6 Concerning: Lee, Mimi L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 05/11/2009
Arr. Agency: SNOR Case #: 0903080B
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: OVI/UNDER INFLU
Case Type: Traffic 7 Concerning: Lee, Mimi L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 10/22/2009
Arr. Agency: OSP Case #: 0908146A
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: OVI/UNDER INFLU
Case Type: Traffic 8 Concerning: Lee, Mimi L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 10/22/2009
Arr. Agency: OSP Case #: 0908146B
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: OVI/REFUSAL
Case Type: Traffic 9 Concerning: Lee, Mimi L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 10/22/2009
Arr. Agency: OSP Case #: 0908146C
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: RECKLESS OPER
Case Type: Traffic 10 Concerning: Lee, Mimi L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 10/22/2009
Arr. Agency: OSP Case #: 0908146D
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: FAIL CONTROL
Case Type: Traffic

Tool Box

Hey Mimi, nice record!   I'm sure the judge will see it your way................ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha..............................................WINNING!!!

outsider

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rbenn

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rbenn

Isnt she just lovely? LMAO

brutus smith

 Is that sam a?

yea right

snicker snicker..hook line and .....  does not matter though what their past is.. there are some bad cops out there..look at milan's chief  he hides... berlin hicks cops sit outside of city limits..is this right or wrong..some say it is right .. anything to catch the bad guy..others say bad cuz cops are crossing the line..problem is things are getting out of control and when will it stop..gee how i wish it was the 50's again..

somethingaboutmo

 I'm sorry, yea right, but can you explain to me where the "city limits" of Berlin Heights are?  Then can you explain where these cops are sitting?

yea right

sure no problem..line runs down middle of ST RT 61 to the corner of ST RT 61 and ST RT 113 then heads east in the middle of ST RT 113 ..cops sit on the north west corner outside of city limits..it is in the maps as public record..

firelands1969

And alot of CRAZY!!!!

Centauri

I have met with some bad cops. Some are VERY crooked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

somethingaboutmo

So you are assuming that they are looking for traffic violations and illegal activity on the west side of 61 and the south side of 113?  What do you think the obvious and most reasonable answer to your question is?  Do you really think these guys would risk their reputations in court and cite someone outside of the limits?  Are you sitting next to Centuri right now?

yea right

hey somethingaboutmo... can you read???? please read again what i said..is it right or wrong..please get glasses..

NurseMeg

I completely agree with alrightthen. This happened two years ago and she is just now filing charges? Her criminal record doesn't help, either. This will get thrown out, guarantee it.