Councilman sues Colwyn council president, police and borough for assault

Posted: September 07, 2012

A Colwyn Borough councilman has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that he was assaulted by police at a council meeting last year.

Council President Tonette Pray disputed that any assault occurred at the June 9, 2011, meeting.

"None of that happened," Pray said. "Basically, this is all political."

Councilman Sunday Nwegbo was arrested for disorderly conduct at the meeting. In October, he was found not guilty in District Court.

At that meeting, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday, Nwegbo was criticizing McDonald Ford, then the borough's treasurer, when Ford "attempted to physically attack" Nwegbo.

Ford was stopped by other members of the council, but Deputy Police Chief Wendell Reed grabbed Nwegbo and threw him into some metal chairs, the suit alleges.

Police Officer Clinton Craddock joined Reed and they threw Nwegbo into a windowsill and window across the room, then to the floor, the suit alleges.

Craddock and Reed "hit and beat" Nwegbo while he was on the ground, the suit alleges.

Nwegbo was arrested and taken to the police station. The suit says that Nwegbo was later taken by ambulance to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital to be treated for injuries.

Reed and Craddock are named as defendants, as are Ford, the borough and Pray.

Reed, Craddock, and Ford could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Nwegbo says his constitutional rights were violated and is seeking $2 million in compensation, along with legal fees and related costs.


Contact Robert Moran at 215-854-5983 or bmoran@phillynews.com, or follow @RobertMoran215 on Twitter.

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