Family of man who died in police custody files $54M suit against city, hospital
New London – The family of a man who died in police custody in 2014 has filed a $54 million federal civil lawsuit against the city, the New London Police Department and Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, claiming the death could have been prevented.
Lashano Gilbert, 31, a native of the Bahamas, died Oct. 4, 2014, following a confrontation with police outside a holding cell at the New London Police Department where he was stunned with a Taser.
Jamaal T. Johnson, a Hartford attorney representing the estate of Lashano Gilbert, claims in the suit that police used excessive force when restraining Gilbert and that hospital staff failed to perform tests necessary to determine why Gilbert was in an altered mental state before releasing him back into police custody prior to his death.
The city was notified of the suit on May 11.
“It’s a sad situation where you have someone who essentially needed help and lost his life due to the actions of people we trust to take care of us and are supposed to have the our best interests in mind,” Johnson said Friday.