Mass. police want suit dropped in spraying case against fallen cop

Officer Charles Panek died in a boating accident after the lawsuit was filed

By Lisa Redmond
Lowell Sun

BOSTON — The Lowell Police Department is asking a federal judge to dismiss an excessive-force lawsuit filed against the department and the late Lowell Officer Charles "P.J." Panek's estate by a Pelham, N.H., man.

In court documents filed last week, assistant city solicitors Maria Sheehy and Eric Slagle argued that Joseph Chalifoux, 32, of Pelham, cannot show that the Lowell police demonstrated a "custom and policy of deliberate indifference to the constitutional rights of its citizens.''

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