By Lisa Redmond
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.''
Mass. police want suit dropped in spraying case against fallen cop