City of Tonawanda (WKBW) - City of Tonawanda officials tell Eyewitness News they will review confidential department files and documents following the federal investigation of former City of Tonawanda Police Captain James Litz. Back in April, Litz admitted in federal court to assaulting a man with a flashlight while the suspect was in the back of a police car. He pleaded guilty to denying a person their civil rights. Litz is married to City of Tonawanda Police Chief Cindy Young, and the Tonawanda News is reporting that the review surrounds the conduct of Young and what she knew about her husband's conduct. These are claims City of Tonawanda Mayor Ronald Pilozzi denies and released this statement to Eyewitness News:
"This will update the public and media mischaracterizations regarding recent developments in the City of Tonawanda Police Department. Specifically, the incorrect characterization that an internal investigation regarding Chief Cindy Young is planned or underway. No such investigation is being conducted or anticipated. Now that the federal civil rights case has been resolved except for sentencing, a review of confidential department files and documents will be conducted."
Litz has since retired from the City of Tonawanda Police Department and will be sentenced in August for his guilty plea. Young is taking time off from the force using accrued sick time. To read the Tonawanda News article visit: www.tonawanda-news.com