Bridgeport garage owner claims police used excessive force
BRIDGEPORT — A local garage owner claims in a lawsuit that police roughly handcuffed him and held him for 14 hours over a simple question.
“What is going on?” Luis Miranda, of Stratford, claims he asked officers before he was “negligently, carelessly violently seized and tightly handcuffed by Sgt. Sean Lynch and Officer Steven Teixeira,” according to his suit filed in state Superior Court.
In addition to Lynch and Teixeira, the lawsuit names the city, Lt. Ronald Mercado and Officer Dominick Muoio as defendants.
Miranda is seeking unspecified damages. His lawyer, David Laudano, declined comment on the lawsuit.
The four Bridgeport officers are being represented by the city. Rowena White, spokeswoman for the mayor, said they do not comment on pending litigation.
According to the lawsuit, on March 19, 2018, at about 5:30 p.m., Miranda was working in his garage, Miranda & Sons Automotive, on East Main Street, when the officers entered the Bridgeport business.
“The plaintiff calmly inquired of the defendant Lt. Ronald Mercado in a normal tone of voice, ‘What is going on?’” the lawsuit states. At which time, the suit continues, the officers violently seized and handcuffed him.
The suit states that the officers ignored his pleas that he had pins in his right wrist as a result of prior surgeries and as a result, their handling caused him to sustain “severe, painful and permanent personal injuries to his right wrist with radiating pain into his right elbow.”
“The defendant officers knew or should have known that the arrest of the plaintiff was not authorized simply for his inquiry into what was going on,” the suit states.
It claims he was held for 14 hours.