Police: Force Used Was Within Reason

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Norwalk man is suing police for $6 million after he was seriously injured during a police raid in which his housemate was the target.

William Irwin, 59, claims police used excessive force when they raided the rooming house where he resides, WCBS 880’s Fran Schneidau reported.

The authorities were searching for one of Irwin’s roommates when the raid occurred.

In his lawsuit, Irwin says while police were securing his room they roughed him up, leaving him with broken ribs and a punctured lung.

An internal police investigation found the force used against Irwin was reasonable and necessary.

Irwin’s lawyer, Philip Russell, said it’s a case that needs to be decided by a jury.

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