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Lawyer licensed to carry guns sues New Haven, police chief over 2012 gun arrest at theater


NEW HAVEN, Connecticut — A lawyer has sued New Haven and Police Chief Dean Esserman over his arrest two years ago for bringing a gun to a movie theater.

Immigration attorney Sung-Ho Hwang claims that the city, Esserman and four officers violated his state constitutional rights when they arrested him on Aug. 7, 2012. His lawyer says police at the scene knew Hwang was licensed to carry a gun.

He was charged with breach of peace and interfering with officers. The charges were dismissed.

The lawsuit seeks more than $15,000 in damages.

The New Haven Register reports ( ) that the city attorney's office and Esserman were not reached for comment.

Hwang was waiting for the start of "Dark Knight Rises" a few weeks after 12 people were fatally shot at an Aurora, Colorado, theater showing the film.

Information from: New Haven Register,

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