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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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    SkoolCop

    over 4 years ago

    4590 Comments

    Typical liberal news rag only tells one side of the story. I too will reserve comment for a later date.

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    ocifer2649

    over 4 years ago

    282 Comments

    TASER TASER TASER

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    servingproud

    over 4 years ago

    4654 Comments

    Story is to one sided, Need more info to make a comment.

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    Blizz

    over 4 years ago

    76 Comments

    Don't fight with the police.

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    Robocop33

    over 4 years ago

    14636 Comments

    Someone is looking to hit the lottery. It amazes me that there are so many people that think that Officers who sacrifice so much, train so hard, learn so much, work so hard and put up with so much BS do so just to be able to get their jollys off beating the crap out of others. Come on, seriously.

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    rhood

    over 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Lawyers trying to get a fat check off of someones loss.

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    RescueNanny

    over 4 years ago

    2646 Comments

    I seriously doubt that the suspect cried "He assaulted me!" It sounds too scripted. Plus, for that many officers to converge on the vehicle, and there admittedly being a marijuana joint being previously smoked by the suspect (With God knows what else he had ingested or what could have been on the blunt), makes me wonder what else what was going....which seems to be some information conveniently missing. I would also love to see the 43 supposed photographs by the Eagle-Tribune. This is the link to the Tribune article (http://www.eagletribune.com/punews/local_story_027011139.html) I do have to agree with dark_blue though, the injuries sound consistent with CPR being performed.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Well... No comments.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    “blunt impact of head and torso with compression of chest.” Cardiovascular disease was listed as a contributory condition.

    Really? So they are saying he had a heart attack, fell and hit his head and then officers attempted CPR to save his life? Sounds like a great job by the cops and a technicality on the part of the lawsuit when they named 33 officers.

    Just like most states, if a lawsuit is filed everyone involved, from the chief down will be named in the lawsuit. Pathetic attmept on the family's part to collect a couple of bucks.

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    rsironron

    over 4 years ago

    5220 Comments

    I agree with creekcop and jonas.

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    43004 Comments

    Assault on a Trooper, resisting...........................................................................

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    creekcop

    over 4 years ago

    1056 Comments

    What a crock. It's not anyone's fault but his that he was a struggling unhealthy thug that resisted and caused himself to pass away.

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    hbg522

    over 4 years ago

    7006 Comments

    wait its actually 34! one of the Officers was a K-9 Unit. (KIDDING)....33 give me a break!

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