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Report: Former Newton Police Chief Files Lawsuit Against City

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A former Newton police chief has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming that there was not enough evidence to fire him.

Matthew Cummings served as chief of the Newton Police Department between 2009 and 2011. He was fired after supposedly kicking and repeatedly swearing at a police secretary, and allegedly calling a pregnant officer fat.

The Boston Globe reports Cummings filed a civil suit Tuesday against the city. He says the evidence was based largely on the secretary's testimony. The suit also denies that Cummings behaved in unbecoming conduct, and contends that the city owes him back pay.

A city solicitor says she was not aware of the lawsuit, but that the city would "vigorously defend" claims that he was fired improperly.

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