Excessive force lawsuit against Norwalk police officers settled

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Norwalk Police Department

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NORWALK — An excessive force lawsuit filed against officer Mark Suda and four other city police officers was settled this week.

The plaintiff James Burnes, who filed the civil rights complaint in September 2019, chose to have the case dismissed after the two parties settled the matter. The two parties agreed to “mutually withdraw any and all claims or counterclaims and the litigation would be dismissed with prejudice as to all parties,” according to Jeffrey Spahr, deputy corporation counsel for the city of Norwalk.

“All parties agreed that it was in the best interest of all concerned to mutually withdraw their claims and to have the case dismissed,” Spahr said on Friday.

Court records did not provide any details of the settlement.

Burnes’ attorney Scott Charmoy commented that the parties had agreed to a confidentiality agreement, and he was not at liberty to discuss the case.

The complaint was filed a little over a year after Burnes was arrested by the Norwalk Police Department, and he claimed the officers used excessive force during his arrest, according to court documents. Burnes claimed that the officers handcuffed him following a brief foot pursuit, and shot him with a Taser gun then punched him in the head multiple times.

Burnes, a resident of Bridgeport, was visiting a friend in Norwalk at the time of his arrest.

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