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New Port Richey police sued twice

Two people have sued the city of New Port Richey alleging their rights were violated by police.

Dwight Randall Hughes claims city officers wrongly handcuffed him and struck him because they mistook him for a burglar in front of his own house.

Hughes' suit claims he was forced to break into his own house one morning in May 1992 after locking himself out. Someone saw him and called the police, and several police officers stopped him as he came out his front door.

After documents showed that Hughes lived at the house and that the car in the driveway was his, handcuffs were taken off and an officer apologized, said a report attached to the lawsuit.

In another lawsuit, Christine Anne Shepard said she was wrongly arrested on a warrant made out to someone with the same first and last name, but a different middle name.

Shepard alleged that the mistake, in November 1991, was not discovered until after she was taken to county jail.

Neither the city nor police officials could be reached to comment on the suits Wednesday.

Each case seeks damages of more than $15,000, the minimum amount for filing a suit in Circuit Court. No court dates have been set.