Maylene Maldonado is suing the Chicopee police. She is accusing them of Massachusetts police brutality. Maldonado, who was arrested of assaulting a cop after she resisted arrested in 2013 says she was the victim of excessive police force during her booking.
Recently, surveillance video of her arrest, released by the city of Chicopee, shows one cop placing her in a chokehold and forcing her to the ground. Police claim that Maldonado, who was under the influence of alcohol and drugs, became belligerent.
She is suing Sergeant Daniel Major, who is the police officer in the video physically apprehending her, and several other individuals who currently and previously with the department. She is seeking $1 million.
Major is no longer with the Chicopee police force. While an internal police probe found that Major did nothing wrong when he subdued Maldonado, a district court judge who has since watched the surveillance video ruled that Major could be charged with criminal assault.
Meantime, Maldonado is alleging failure by the city of Chicopee to properly train its cops, civil rights vioatlions, and assault and battery. She also said that she never received medical care for her alleged injuries.
Excessive Use of Force
Police are not allowed to use excessive and unnecessary force at any time when doing their job. Unfortunately, incidents of too much force and other acts of police brutality do happen. The victim of such a violation may feel like there is nowhere to turn, especially because law enforcement was involved. It is important that you speak with an experienced Boston police brutality law firm right away.
Chicopee woman files police brutality lawsuit against officers, MyFox Boston, March 17, 2015
Chicopee police release video showing former officer choke woman during booking, MassLive, March 17, 2015
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