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Officer being sued is arrested at Gillette Stadium concert

MBTA police officer Jennifer Garvey, during a court appearance in January on domestic violence charges.
MBTA police officer Jennifer Garvey, during a court appearance in January on domestic violence charges.Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe/File/Pool

A Transit Police officer who is being sued for allegedly violating the civil rights of a Roxbury woman was arrested on assault and resisting arrest charges by Foxborough police at a country music concert Friday night at Gillette Stadium, police said.

Jennifer Garvey was arraigned Monday in Wrentham District Court along with an estimated 50 other people arrested by police at Gillette during the two days that Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean performed at sold-out concerts.

Foxborough Police Chief Edward T. O’Leary said in a telephone interview that Garvey arrived at the stadium on Friday and began to argue with security staff there, a disruption that eventually led to her being arrested by Foxborough police on a charge of disorderly conduct.

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O’Leary said that while Garvey was in the temporary holding cell at the stadium she allegedly assaulted another woman who had been taken into police custody. Garvey identified herself to police as a Transit Police officer, he said.

Garvey was charged with two counts of assault and battery, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct, according to David Traub, a spokesman for the Norfolk district attorney’s office. She pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on personal recognizance.

The woman that Garvey allegedly struck was treated by paramedics and did not require hospitalization, according to O’Leary.

Garvey is currently being sued by a Roxbury woman, with the assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union, for allegedly violating the woman’s civil rights during a confrontation between the two women and a male Transit Police officer at the Dudley Square station in March 2014.

She is on paid administrative leave following her arrest earlier this year on charges of domestic violence involving her wife. Garvey has pleaded not guilty to those charges.


Globe correspondent Alexandra Koktsidis contributed to this report. John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.

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