A black man briefly arrested by police in Monona, Wisconsin in June after a neighbor reported he was sitting on the steps of a house he'd just moved into has filed a federal lawsuit.
According to the lawsuit, which has just been released, officers Jared Wedig and Luke Wunsch violated Keonte Furdge and the City of Monona "Furge's constitutional rights".
Furdge seeks change through punitive damages by "punishing the defendants for their egregious behavior in the hopes that the punishment will be so severe that it will no longer happen in the future so that a person can move into a formerly empty house in town." can. " from Monona and sit on his veranda without fear of the police breaking in and shooting him, "according to the court record.
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The June 2 incident began when a neighbor called the police to report that he had seen a person who he did not believe belonged to the home. Furdge, however, had just moved into the property with his friend Toren Young.
The police would then arrive and claim they had knocked on the front door. After allegedly announcing their presence as well, they said they entered the house with guns drawn because they believed a break-in had occurred.
The two officers handcuffed Furdge.
After learning that Furdge lived on the property, the handcuffs were removed. The Monona police later started a review of their procedures.
Read the lawsuit here.