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2008 lawsuit against NL police officers dismissed

Published October 23. 2010 4:00AM

New London - A 2008 federal lawsuit against the city and seven police officers that alleges police misconduct has been dismissed in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport.

Daniel Golodner claimed he was a victim of police misconduct and cited numerous arrests by police "not supported by probable cause."

He said police "harbored actual malice against him" and refused to accept criminal complaints he wanted to lodge against his neighbors. The lawsuit involves a series of disputes, which date to 2004, between Golodner and his neighbors and the police response to those disputes.

Senior U.S. District Judge Warren W. Eginton granted the city the summary judgment, agreeing that Golodner's case against the officers had no merit.

Golodner, who lives at 95 Colman St., sued the city and Police Officers Todd Bergeson, Genaro Velez, Patricia Tidd, Deanna Nott, Raheem Carter, Darwin Garnett and Chief Margaret Ackley, who was a lieutenant at the time.

In the 22-page decision, Eginton dismissed the claims of false arrest, First Amendment violations, equal protection violations and a claim that the city inadequately trained and supervised its employees.

Golodner's attorney has filed an appeal.

- Kathleen Edgecomb

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