Chicopee police Captain sues Chief, Mayor

Gilbert found not guilty of filing a false report

Mark Gilbert (at right) is sworn in as a police lieutenant during this 2009 WWLP file image.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Chicopee Police Captain Mark Gilbert won one legal battle on Thursday and initiated another one.

Gilbert filed a federal lawsuit against Chicopee Police Chief William Jebb, Mayor Richard Kos and Police Lieutenant John Pronovost.

Thursday afternoon in Holyoke District Court, Gilbert was found not guilty of filing a false report, according to Gilbert’s attorney Shawn Allyn. That complaint dated back to a 2007 incident where Gilbert accused Lt. Pronovost of pointing his service weapon at him.

Now Gilbert is responding with a civil lawsuit of his own. The allegations include the defendants retaliating against Gilbert for speaking out and taking part in a government investigation. Defamation, malicious prosecution, intentional infliction of emotional stress and civil conspiracy are among the eight counts in the lawsuit.

The complaint was filed late Thursday afternoon at U.S. District Court in Springfield.

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