East Haven, (Conn) — Dominique Cash claims four East Haven police officers surrounded her vehicle and removed her from it at gunpoint in January of 2013. Cash was eight months pregnant at the time.
According to a report in the New Haven Register, Cash, with the assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union, has filed a lawsuit alleging that eight current and former East Haven police officers violated her civil rights.
Cash says on the day of the incident, she was driving a vehicle that she had borrowed from a friend to make an appointment in New Haven. The owner of that vehicle also owned another vehicle that had been spotted leaving the scene of a purse theft. The owner of the purse that had been stolen, according to the suit, was the mother of an East Haven police officer. Cash claims that after she had been pulled over, the officers held her for 40 minutes, trying to get information about the purse snatching.
The suit also claims East Haven’s mayor and police chief either knew or should have known about the alleged misconduct. Cash is now behind bars, serving time for third degree burglary at the York Correctional Institution in East Lyme. She is seeking compensatory and punitive damages in the case. An attorney for the defendants declined to comment on the case.