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Woman Sues Chicopee Cops Claiming Civil Rights Violations

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A Massachusetts woman has sued the city of Chicopee alleging police assaulted her and violated her civil rights during an arrest in 2013.

         Maylene Maldonado is suing for $1 million. In the federal court complaint she claims she was shoved against a wall and put in a chokehold after she was brought to the Chicopee Police station.  Mayor Richard Kos said he has consulted with the city’s attorney who is reviewing the allegations made in the suit.

         " I know you need to ask questions, but it is inappropriate for me to elaborate," Kos said to reporters Tuesday.

         Eight current and former Chicopee police officers are named as defendants in the suit. Criminal charges are pending against a veteran police sergeant who claims he acted in self defense when he restrained Maldonado who admitted being drunk and under the influence of the drug PCP.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.