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EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ An East Haven police internal investigation has found police officers abused their power in investigating a misdemeanor purse snatching from an officer’s mother.

The report, obtained by the New Haven Register  through a freedom of information request, found problems with the conduct of five officers during the Jan. 17 incident.

The report says police pursued a pregnant woman they believed might have knowledge of the purse snatching into New Haven where her car collided with a cruiser.  It says the officers improperly interrogated her and illegally seized items, including her purse, from her car before releasing her in a strange neighborhood with no way to get home.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and none of those involved has been placed on leave.
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Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com
(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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