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Family of man killed by police in West Haven sues State, City of West Haven, and West Haven police for $10 million

Mubarak Soulemane was shot and killed by police in January.
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WEST HAVEN, Conn. — The family of Mubarak Soulemane filed a wrongful death suit against the state of Connecticut, the city of West Haven, and the West Haven police department for $10 million on Thursday. 

Attorneys for the family said that what was most important to the family be held criminally responsible for the death of Soulemane.

Attorneys said there was no reason for such haste to be used when shooting Soulemane.

The group said there would be a rally Friday off Exit 43, Campbell Ave. The group would have a short vigil and march to the police station. 

Soulemane was shot and killed on January 15 after police chased him from Norwalk to West Haven. He was said to have stolen a car that ignited the chase and was armed with a knife. A memorial was held on January 26 for him in New Haven by family members and activists. 

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The Connecticut State Police Troopers involved in this incident were:

  • Trooper Brian North, who has been with the State Police for 4 ½ years
  • Trooper Joshua Jackson, who has been with the State Police for 4 ½ years
  • Trooper First Class Ross Dalling, who has been with the State Police for 7 ½ years

Normally the State's Attorney office but in this case, the Division of Criminal Justice is investigating the police shooting. 

Below is the suit: