Officer suing state police for arrest, gun permit revocation

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A trial is set to begin in the case of a police officer suing Connecticut State Police for arresting him and later revoking his pistol permit, which resulted in him being placed on unpaid leave.

Mark Minto of East Hartford accuses state police of wrongful arrest, illegally seizing his firearm and revoking his pistol permit without justification. He’s seeking damages of at least $500,000.

The trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday in federal court in Hartford. State police deny doing anything wrong.

Minto is an officer with the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

He says he was arrested and his gun was seized after he followed a woman who was driving recklessly with a child in her car and reported her to police. The woman was not charged.

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