Lawsuit Filed For Death Against Policeman

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The Hartford Courant

March 5, 1999

Two New Milford police officers and the Town of New Milford will be sued for negligence.

The family of Franklyn Reid filed a civil rights suit against Officer Scott Smith, who was charged with murder after he shot the unarmed man in the back in December 1998. Racial issues have been raised in the case.

Officer William Scribner, charged with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle, will be sued by the D'Aquilla family and the LaVoie family. Both families lost their teenage daughters when Scribner, responding to a report, struck their car with his patrol car.