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Man sues Colonie police, claiming false arrest

Man sues Colonie police, claiming false arrest

A man identified as a retired New York City police officer is suing the town of Colonie and its Poli

A man identified as a retired New York City police officer is suing the town of Colonie and its Police Department alleging he was unlawfully Tasered in 2013.

An attorney for Justin Blot filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Albany earlier this month seeking a total of $15 million in damages.

Blot is alleging false arrest, malicious prosecution, conspiracy, negligence and other claims.

He alleges in the suit that he was Tasered at least twice on the evening of July 13, 2013 at his parents’ home on Hampshire Way and placed in handcuffs.

No charges were ever filed against Blot, according to the suit.

Blot suffered injuries as a result, including post traumatic stress and continues to be treated, according to the suit.

A representative of the town attorney’s office declined to comment, citing a policy of not commenting on pending litigation. A Police Department spokesman referred comment to the town attorney’s office.

According to the suit, the incident happened just after 9 p.m. that evening. Police were called by Blot’s mother. The suit does not indicate the reason for the call.

Police “suddenly and wrongfully descended upon” Blot, the suit reads, and he was assaulted, Tasered twice and placed in handcuffs. The handcuffs were applied incorrectly, causing Blot pain, the suit states. He allegedly was then taken to the hospital against his will.

The suit contends that Blot “never was disrespectful of the officers and never disobeyed them.”

“There was such a miscarriage of justice, that formal criminal charges were never lodged against the plaintiff,” the suit reads.

Blot also alleges that he attempted to lodge a formal complaint with the department, but police “never offered the plaintiff any real formal complaint procedure.”

“The only thing that the plaintiff was told was that the Colonie Police Department believed that the events described herein were justified,” according to the suit.

Blot’s wife, Denise Blot, is also named as a plaintiff. The Blots’ attorney, Jack Angelou of Mineola, could not be reached for comment.

Blot is identified in the suit as a retired New York City police officer, but the suit does not indicate when he was with the department or his current city of residence.

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