The town of Hamden has settled a Freedom of Information case by revealing it paid $55,000 to settle an excessive force lawsuit filed against its police department.
The New Haven Register brought the complaint against the town after it refused to detail the town's settlement with Stephen and Nicholas Alberino.
The lawsuit claimed police assaulted the Alberinos in their home in Hamden Oct. 16, 2007, while serving a misdemeanor warrant for Stephen Alberino, and then destroyed a cell phone that recorded the incident.
Mayor Scott Jackson called the decision to settle the case a "business decision." Attorney Hugh Keefe of New Haven, who represented the Alberino family, declined to comment, citing a confidentiality agreement.
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