Police critic says son's arrest publicized as retaliation

Published on Monday, 11 September 2017 10:46
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MERIDEN - A lawsuit filed against the city of Meriden and police officials alleges the police department publicized the arrest of critic's son as retaliation.

The Record-Journal reports Christopher Dingwell Sr. filed the lawsuit last month.

He says he obtained an email from the police union president to the police chief requesting a news release be issued about the March 2016 arrest of his son, Christopher Dingwell Jr. The email says the younger Dingwell was charged with throwing a facsimile gun out of a car during a traffic stop, but “more importantly” his father is among the department's “most outspoken critics.”

A news release was later issued and details of the arrest were posted on Facebook.

The city manager declined to comment. The chief and union president could not be reached.

Posted in The Bristol Press, General News, on Monday, 11 September 2017 10:46. Updated: Monday, 11 September 2017 10:48.