Meriden’s police chief is facing more trouble. Chief Jeffry Cossette was named in two lawsuits filed Thursday, one by a current officer and one by a former officer.

Former Officer John Neron is suing Cossette for defamation and invasion of privacy. The second suit was filed on behalf of Officer Donald Huston, who is suing for invasion of privacy.

Huston was one of two officers who filed a complaint alleging favoritism in the way officers are disciplined. They say Cossette’s son, officer Evan Cossette, has been treated more leniently in internal investigations.

Huston alleges in his suit that the chief recklessly released information from Huston’s personnel file to the media earlier this month.

Both seek financial compensation of at least $15,000.


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