New Brighton man claims false arrest in federal lawsuit
A New Brighton man claims in a federal lawsuit filed Monday that a Glassport police officer violated his civil rights during an October 2012 traffic stop.
Michael S. Caldwell, 56, said Officer Michael Piccini had no reason to stop him and forcibly remove him from his vehicle, place him in handcuffs and detain him before releasing him without any charges. He said police Chief Howard Kifer observed part of the incident and approved of Piccini's actions.
Caldwell is suing the borough, Piccini and Kifer. Caldwell's attorney, Tim O'Brien, and the borough's solicitor, Gary Matta, couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
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