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Family Names 33 Officers in Wrongful Death Suit

Family Names 33 Officers in Wrongful Death Suit

The AP via YellowBrix

January 27, 2010

BOSTON – The family of a Massachusetts man who died in police custody after being stopped at a sobriety checkpoint filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, alleging that police beat him to death.

The federal civil rights and wrongful death lawsuit filed by Kenneth Howe’s wife and three children names dozens of state troopers, local police officers and county sheriff’s deputies, many of whom were assigned to a checkpoint in North Andover on Nov. 25.

Family attorney Frances King cited a finding by a state medical examiner who ruled Howe’s death a homicide caused by “blunt impact of head and torso with compression of chest.” Cardiovascular disease was listed as a contributory condition.

Authorities say Howe, 45, was taken into custody after striking a trooper and trying to flee. They say he slumped over and became unresponsive while being booked at the state police barracks. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. ad_icon

King, however, dismissed those claims.

“There is no rationale and no justification for beating this man to death,” King said at a news conference, where she was flanked by Howe’s wife and two of his daughters.

Lenny Kesten, an attorney for the North Andover police officers named in the lawsuit, called King’s claims “irresponsible.” Kesten said Howe struggled with police and was conscious and alert when he was put into a state police cruiser.

“It’s tragic that this man lost his life,” he said. “It’s a tragedy for his family and friends. Everybody regrets that it happened, but no police officer murdered him or tried to. It was a struggle and he passed away.”

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    DALLASCRANE

    about 4 years ago

    19386 Comments

    “It’s a tragedy for his family and friends. Everybody regrets that it happened, but no police officer murdered him or tried to. It was a struggle and he passed away. Blame everyone and maybe you can walk away with some $money.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    A subject with a heart condition, and intoxicated, got in a fight with officers. The subject then died. Oh yeah this is really the cops fault......NOT. It amazes me that any judge worth a plug nickle would hear this. I feel for the family, but this is not the way to go to try to start the healing. It is just the opposite.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    A subject with a heart condition, and intoxicated, got in a fight with officers. The subject then died. Oh yeah this is really the cops fault......NOT. It amazes me that any judge worth a plug nickle would hear this. I feel for the family, but this is not the way to go to try to start the healing. It is just the opposite.

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    Whalewatcher

    about 4 years ago

    10928 Comments

    Because this suit is filed in Mass., one of the most liberal states in the country(my home state, no less), the family might actually get a favorable judgement out of this. Aside from that, 33 cops beat him ?!?!? Just another family looking for a scapegoat because the victim made a bad choice. I am truly sorry the man died, but it was due to his poor decision. I'll give long odds on big money he died from a heart attack due in part to the heart disease he had, and his resisting arrest.

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    chrissanders

    about 4 years ago

    5232 Comments

    He should not have resisted. Who is to say that he didnt already have some of his injuries before he was even stopped. He could have gotten into a fight before he got stopped. I hate that the man died. Someone seems to always try to find a way to benefit from an unfortunate event.

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    Gearhart

    about 4 years ago

    344 Comments

    Sorry this guy died, but had he not resisted he probably wouldn't have been struck. And as so many others have said, when you resist arrest, its kind of a procedure for you to get placed on the ground and then in cuffs. That's what happens when you fight with the police, the death was an unfortunate side-effect. But trying to hold a LEO, let alone 33, responsible for the subject's criminal actions is insane, even though they will probably reach a very hefty settlement.

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    gheil

    about 4 years ago

    478 Comments

    Looks like some one is looking for some deep pockets to pick.

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    joshua55

    about 4 years ago

    326 Comments

    so they are really going to think that someone was beaten to death and not one of the 33!! officers said anything? Another family looking to make a good buck

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    FlyingDutchman

    about 4 years ago

    178 Comments

    hmmm, somehow 33 people had custody of him and are now civilly responsible....

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    PETE114

    about 4 years ago

    1396 Comments

    Typical story. Guy thinks he's above the law. Guy fights with the law. Guy loses. Guy (or idiot's family) sues everyone because people who were against him/her were wrong. Another frivilous lawsuit. Lawyers win.

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    Lawful_Blue

    about 4 years ago

    1184 Comments

    Maybe this "grown adult" shouldn't have been smoking marijuana in the first place!!

    A waste of time as the family will get NOTHING.

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    clobster

    about 4 years ago

    1552 Comments

    Whatever. Sue all you want, it doesn't mean it's justified or you'll win.

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    usa_24

    about 4 years ago

    5022 Comments

    Sounds like this guys wife was looking for a lawsuit. I would like to hear the officers side of the story before I go saying anything else.

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    Scurge

    about 4 years ago

    1234 Comments

    When you resist the police you end up on the ground face down with officers on top of you restraining you.

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    revCCBeasley

    about 4 years ago

    2944 Comments

    Missing enough information to respond......I am sorry the young man died.

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