A settlement was reached this week in a lawsuit over a failed drug raid in Ventnor in 2008. Details have not yet been released.
The five-year-long suit, for which Margate and Ventnor were ordered last month to submit to a search of their electronic files, was filed in April 2008 by Daniel Lombardi, of Margate; Lisa Cress, of Ventnor; and Cress' two daughters; following a March 2008 raid at a Ventnor apartment.
The suit alleged that police violated their civil rights and physically injured the adults when officers — some named individually, others identified as “masked men in black” — shattered windows in the home by setting off “the deafening blast of three grenades” and entered in full-body armor and machine guns drawn.
The raid found no drugs and produced no arrests, according to the suit, but the two adults were injured and needed medical treatment.
The suit alleged that Lombardi was “viciously assaulted ... by pummeling, kicking and rubbing his head in broken glass” and that Cress was “struck ... in the face by an assault rifle or other blunt object and violently shoved” down stairs.
The original defendants included Ventnor, Margate, Atlantic City, Egg Harbor Township and Atlantic County, along with several named officers — many of which have had all or part of their individual cases in the lawsuit terminated in the five years since the lawsuit was filed.
Jennifer Bonjean, the plaintiffs' lawyer, had no comment on the case Thursday. The city solicitors for Ventnor and Margate could not be reached for comment.
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