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Lawsuit says Largo police forced way into home

By Times Staff Writer
Published June 11, 2005

LARGO - A resident has filed a federal lawsuit against the city and Largo Police Department alleging false arrest, excessive force, unlawful entry and battery.

Michael Lang, 44, alleges police officers came to his home Dec. 23, 2002, with his daughter, Elizabeth, to collect some of her possessions. Elizabeth Lang claimed she had a no contact order with her father.

Michael Lang would not let the officers into his home and claims they forced themselves in and Tasered him three times before handcuffing him and arresting him on charges of obstruction of justice and resisting an officer without violence. The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office did not file charges against Lang.

According to police reports, Lang was uncooperative with officers and was told he would be arrested for obstruction if he did not allow the officers into his home. When they entered his home, he resisted and did not follow orders, the police report stated. City Attorney Alan Zimmet said Friday he had not reviewed documents pertaining to the lawsuit, filed May 25 in Tampa, and could not comment.

[Last modified June 11, 2005, 00:43:11]

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