Police critic says son’s arrest publicized as retaliation

- FILE - Meriden police cruiser (WTNH / Ken Melech)

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — 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.

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