Pa. police accused of cover-up face abuse suits

Dec 16 2009 - 2:03pm

SHENANDOAH, Pa. -- A police chief charged with trying to cover up the fatal beating of a Mexican immigrant by white teenagers was named in a 2006 civil suit that made a startling claim: Borough police beat to death a Hispanic teenager, then hung him from the bars of his holding cell to make it appear a suicide.

Police Chief Matthew Nestor was never charged, but the allegations contained in the lawsuit, in Tuesday's indictment and in other civil claims depict a police department with pervasive hostility to minorities.

The 2006 suit names Nestor and Capt. Jamie Gennarini as defendants. They have denied wrongdoing.

Nestor and two other officers were charged Tuesday with orchestrating a cover-up as the FBI investigated the fatal attack on Luis Ramirez.


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