A Torrington woman is seeking more than $1 million in damages in a federal lawsuit against police from her town and Winsted for allegedly failing to properly protect her from physical abuse by her husband.
Joanne Tremins is being represented in U.S. District Court in Hartford by attorney Burton Weinstein, who successfully sued Torrington police in the Tracey Thurman case.Ms. Thurman was the first woman in the country allowed to sue police on the grounds that she received less protection from police because the person she was seeking protection from was her husband.
She sued after she was attacked and seriously injured by her husband, who is serving a 15-year sentence in prison for the attack.
Torrington police paid Ms. Thurman nearly $2 million in damages in 1985 and the case attracted national attention and prompted a sweeping reform of the state's laws on domestic violence.
Ms. Tremins' suit before U.S. District Judge Alan H. Nevas, alleges that she repeatedly asked the police departments from Torrington and from nearby Winsted to shield her from her estranged husband, Jeffrey Tremins. But the police failed to do so, the suit claims.
Mr. Tremins, who was arrested on several assault charges in March, is serving a two-year sentence after pleading no contest to charges involving Joanne Tremins and Torrington police.
"I am surprised we are back" suing Torrington police, Mr. Weinstein said. "They must have the slowest learning curve in the world."