I-Team: Lawsuit Filed in Wilkes-Barre Police, Chief, Mayor Battle

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) There are new developments  in the on-going rift in the relationship between some members of the Wilkes-Barre Police Department and the city's administration..

Two members of the Police Union have filed a federal lawsuit against the city claiming that are being targeted for retaliation by the police chief and the mayor.

Lead I-Team Reporter Andy Mehalshick has the story from police headquarters.

"I expect them to come to work and do the job they are paid to do." Said Chief Marcella Lendacky

"Obviously there is tension between the management and the workforce." added Dan Duffy, former WBPD Officer back in October,

And that is just a sampling of the ongoing  war of words  between some members of the police union and the city administration.

Now  a federal lawsuit filed  against the city by union president Sgt. Phil Myers and former Police Officer and current Union Vice-President Dan Duffy.

 Duffy was fired in October  for allegedly sending a threatening email to Mayor Tony George.

Myers was suspended last year for allegedly violating department policies. but their lawsuit claims they were punished in retaliation for speaking out about what they see as mismanagement by the police chief.

The lawsuit makes several allegations--including---that  crime statistics were altered to make it look like the city's crime rate was dropping.. the lawsuit has people talking...

"I mean in politics there will always be tensions and that's something you can't hide from at all." Said Patrick Perlowski, of Wilkes-Barre.

"I can't take any side right now. I got to say to everyone just get it straight right now." added Noah, from Wilkes-Barre

Marsha Costello of Forty Fort comes to Wilkes-Barre to shop..She just wants the ongoing tensions to end..

"You want people to be safe and feel secure. you want to be able to walk around downtown not in   anyway threatened. but it means then everyone needs to work together to make that happen."

Police Chief Marcella Lendacky and Mayor Tony George told me they could not comment because of pending litigation.  

Duffy and Myers want a jury trial and are demanding that the alleged retaliation to stop and seeking compensation for lost wages as well as for alleged pain and suffering.

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