Undisclosed police misconduct in Springfield, Mass.

Number 27864
Subject Police
Source MassLive
State Massachusetts
Year 2016
Publication Date Jan. 27, April 26, Sept. 23, Oct. 16, 18, 21, 28, Nov. 6, 21, 23
Summary These stories document a series of misconduct allegations against Springfield, Mass. police officers which remained undisclosed by authorities until uncovered by reporters with MassLive/The Republican. Drawing on public records requests, interviews with alleged victims and tips from confidential sources, the series centers on three incidents: the death of a prisoner in Springfield Police headquarters, the suspension of a detective who threatened to kill a juvenile suspect and an investigation into allegations that off-duty officers beat a group of men after an argument at a bar. The series has led to changes in how the city reports police misconduct allegations, an effort by city councilors to reinstate a civilian police commission and an external review of the department’s internal investigations unit.
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