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"Flashbang" lawsuit dismissed in federal court; settlement reached after four years

Helmet cam video from one of the EPD SWAT officers during the 2012 raid at the home of Louise Milan. (Source: Evansville Police Dept.) Helmet cam video from one of the EPD SWAT officers during the 2012 raid at the home of Louise Milan. (Source: Evansville Police Dept.)
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

New information in a federal lawsuit involving the Evansville Police Department we've been following since 2012.

Paperwork filed today to dismiss the case, stating the parties have reached a settlement.

The civil lawsuit goes back to an EPD Swat Team raid at Louise Milan's home on East Powell.  

Officers were looking for someone they say posted threats about officers using Milan's compute IP address.  

The man who actually made those threats lived two houses down.

The exact terms of the settlement not disclosed in the federal paperwork filed today.

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A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit against the City of Evansville and the Evansville Police Department following a SWAT raid in 2012.

Keith Vonderahe and Robert Burkart, represented the city during this matter since 2012. The plaintiff, Louise Milan, was represented by attorney Kyle Bieseiker.

According to federal court records entered in Wednesday, a settlement was reached between both sides following years of back-and-forth negotiations.

The lawsuit goes back to an EPD SWAT Team raid at Milan's home on East Powell Avenue back in June 2012.

Officers were looking for someone they say posted threats about officers and their families using Milan's IP Address. It was later discovered that a man who lived two houses down was using her WiFi and made the post.

The lawsuit alleged Milan's constitutional rights were violated from the use of excessive force by the flashbang grenades.

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The suit also claimed that as a result of the actions of the officers involved, Milan now suffers to severe mental anguish and emotional distress.

14NEWS has reached out to attorney Robert Burkart for comment regarding the terms of the settlement. We have not yet heard back.

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