Hartford man says officers damaged his car during a police chase, wants city to pay for repairs


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — In November, a mother reported her car was stolen with her two children in the backseat.

Hartford police were able to track the car to an apartment building, stop it and eventually take the suspect, 19-year-old Elijah Jorden, into custody.

No one was injured, except for Louis Palmer’s parked car.

Video shows police cornering the stolen car in a parking lot and ramming it into Palmer’s car.

He said he was upstairs in his apartment, drinking a cup of coffee when he looked out the window and saw the whole incident unfold.

“My car was parked, minding its own business at my residence, and clearly, that video shows the officer you know…engaging and pushing him into my car,” Palmer said.

The result? Front and back end damage to the car. Palmer said the front end was smashed, the rear window was blown out and now his trunk won’t close.

The smashed window has also caused rainwater and snow to leak inside, which has damaged some of his electronics and interior.

Palmer said he hasn’t got the car repaired because he feels the city should pay for it. He’s taken his claims to City Hall but said he hasn’t seen any results.

“You know City Hall, I have been going down there every couple of weeks, and every time it’s a different story,” he explained. “I can’t afford to fix this, and it wasn’t my fault. So, they tell me they can see what they can do, and nothing has been done yet, for the past two and a half months.”

News 8 reached out to the mayor’s office which said it’s aware of the claims and are looking into it.

Officials said the city is going back and forth with their claims department, which has been going back and forth with Palmer’s insurance company trying to work it all out.

Palmer said he wants his car fixed as soon as possible so he can get it back on the road and get back to work.

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