Watertown Woman Sues Police Department For $1 Million
A 21 year old Watertown woman is suing the Lake Placid Police Department for $1 million after accusing officers of assault, battery, false arrest and unlawful imprisonment.
Norfolk says Stanfa and a friend were driving from Lake Placid to Saranac Lake early that morning when the friend needed to use a restroom.
He says the friend used the restroom at Hannaford supermarket.
When the pair prepared to leave, he says Stanfa discovered she lost her keys.
Norfolk says Stanfa was looking for the keys when police arrived.
According to Norfolk, Stanfa objected when police attempted to search her car without her permission.
He says that's when the officers got physical with his client.
Norfolk says Stanfa was not under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
The suit alleges that Stanfa, who was attending North Country Community College at the time, was thrown to the ground and injured by village patrolman Staats without justification.
Norfolk said the village's case was being handled by attorney Jonathan Bernstein.
When 7 News contacted him, he refused to discuss the case or even confirm that he's handling it for the village.
Sunday, May 26, 2013, Watertown, NY
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