- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 9, 2019

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - New London has authorized spending $175,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a 31-year-old man who died in police custody.

Lashano Gilbert died on Oct. 4, 2014 after escaping a holding cell at police headquarters and fighting with police. Police used pepper spray and a stun gun to subdue Gilbert, who died during transport.

The Day reports that Gilbert’s family had filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging excessive force. New London Risk Manager Paul Gills said money for the settlement will come from a reserve fund established in the budget for litigation costs.

A prosecutor found the officers’ use of force justified.

The Gilbert family’s attorney attributed his behavior to a medical condition.

The City Council authorized the expenditure on Monday.


Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

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