- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) - A northeastern Pennsylvania man who claims police and prosecutors have targeted him for prosecution because he wears a gun on his hip and is outspoken about his right to do so, has sued the city of Hazleton, its police and Luzerne County prosecutors.

The (Hazleton) Standard-Speaker (https://bit.ly/1EzEItA ) reports George Irizarry contends his problems began the day he moved into the city about 80 miles northeast of Harrisburg in August 2008.

That’s when he was put in a chokehold by an officer. Irizarry claims he was wrongly restrained on that occasion and three others, and wrongly charged with crimes on two other occasions, only to later be acquitted once and having the charges dropped on another occasion.

Police Chief Frank DeAndrea says he can’t comment on the lawsuit filed last week because he’s yet to see it.

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