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February 23, 2013

Judge tosses suit vs. Peabody police

Ruling: Rights of man who died in custody not violated


The judge also found that neither the city nor its officials could be liable for not training the officers to call around for a treatment bed, because while there was no training that specifically dealt with the situation, the policy was included in the police department manual.

“Such a method of training, while perhaps not an ideal practice, does not constitute deliberate indifference to the constitutional rights of those in protective custody,” the judge wrote.

Chief Robert Champagne testified in a deposition that he believed the officers were following the policy of calling around for a bed; when he learned that they were apparently not doing so, he issued an order that further training take place.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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