- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Newton’s former police chief has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that there was not enough evidence to fire him.

Matthew Cummings served as police chief in Newton from 2009 until 2011. He was fired after allegedly kicking and repeatedly swearing at a police secretary, and allegedly calling a pregnant officer fat.

The Boston Globe (https://bit.ly/1Rf4snT ) reports that Cummings filed suit Tuesday against the city. He says the evidence was based largely on the secretary’s testimony. The suit also denies that Cummings engaged in unbecoming conduct, and contends that the city owes him back pay.

A city lawyer says she is not aware of the lawsuit, but that the city would “vigorously defend” claims that he was fired improperly.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, https://www.bostonglobe.com


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