Federal lawsuit against New Haven police heads to trial

New Haven Police Department (Credit: WTNH)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A federal lawsuit involving the New Haven Police Department heads to trial Friday.

The New Haven Register reports that the lawsuit was brought by the owner of the Taurus Cafe, located at 520 Winchester Avenue. In the suit, the owner claims that money was taken by officers during a police search in 2013.

Officers had a search warrant for the premises, which was connected to a homicide that happened outside of the bar, according to the police report. However, the bar’s owner claims that his Fourth Amendment right to illegal search and seizure was violated, and $27,000 in cash receipts were taken during the search.

There is no jury for this trial. A federal judge will decide the outcome of the case.

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