Officer in Chester faces lawsuits

October 27, 2009 5:45:06 AM PDT
Two new federal lawsuits have been filed against a Chester police officer who is already facing a $2.5 million police brutality lawsuit.

The lawsuits describe two incidents where the plaintiffs claim Officer Joshua DeWees wrongly arrested them. Both suits claim the city and police department were aware of past complaints against DeWees but failed to discipline him.

DeWees is already facing a lawsuit filed last January by a 14-year-old girl, who claims he assaulted her with a baton.

In court documents, the officer's attorney denied any allegations of misconduct.


Information from: Daily Local News,