Police Respond to Excessive Force Allegations

By Jessica Toumani

June 18, 2010 Updated Oct 31, 2007 at 10:14 AM EST

An update tonight on an Indiana's NewsCenter exclusive about accusations of excessive force from the Fort Wayne Police Department.

Police spokesman Mike Joyner wouldn't go into specific details about this case since it's still under investigation by the department's internal affairs office.

A Fort Wayne couple says they were leaving Fricker's Saturday night when a manager asked if they knew anything about a missing picture frame.

After saying no, the manager wrote down their plate number.

Two police officers then showed up at the couple's home around 1 AM demanding to speak to Lorie Squadrito.

Lori claims officer Scott Morales handcuffed her, without reading her her rights, took her on a scary ride in the squad car, called her a thief, and ended her night of horror by shoving her out of the car, at some point leaving bruises and permanently damaging her rotator cuff.

Later that night, Morales returned to the couple's home with a tearful apology, saying he had had a very bad day.

"You could look at law enforcement, you could look at being a teacher, you can look at being a doctor, you can look at any number of requirements in life that place you in stress and you have to function," says Officer Mike Joyner.

The couple is filing a lawsuit against the police department and has hired attorney Steve Shine to represent them.

They say they're considering filing a personal suit against Morales who 10 years ago was suspended from the department for 90 days for stealing while on duty.

We spoke to a Fricker's manager who said she had no comment and wouldn't tell us whether they had actually found the missing frame.

The couple says an unwarranted search of their home by officers turned up nothing.




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