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Lawrence Harmon

Foxborough’s drinking problem

Game days and concerts at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough unearth some sloppy drunks. That is not sufficient cause, however, for police officers to get sloppy with the law when dealing with intoxicated people.

The Town of Foxborough and its police chief, Edward T. O’Leary, face a civil rights class action suit for “establishing a policy causing police officers to unlawfully take and hold people in protective custody.’’ Four plaintiffs — including a physician and an off-duty police officer — claim they were unjustifiably confined in a holding compound connected to the stadium. The suit also alleges that more than 1,000 people have been subjected to similar treatment by the Foxborough Police.

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