CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Chicopee mayor Michael Bissonnette has hired a special investigator to look into how the Chicopee police department handled various incidents.
One incident involved Chicopee police officers who allegedly took pictures of a murdered young woman on a cell phone. Those photos were leaked, and were also shown to some spectators at a youth football game. 20 year old Amanda Plasse was found stabbed to death in her Chicopee apartment on August 26, 2011. This murder remains unsolved. Bissonnette says that the officer received very little reprimand for taking the photos.
The District Attorney did not file charges, but Bissonnette believes the officer(s) involved may have misled investigators, which could put future cases they are involved with in jeopardy.
"The real questions going forward is we have to clean the slate and make sure everybody understands that the rules are going be them for everyone in that department, and that nothing is going to be ignored or swept under the rug", Bissonnette said.
The investigation will also look into how the police handled an incident where a police officer discharged his gun on St. Patrick's Day, an incident where officer pointed a gun at another officer in the precinct, and reports of sexual harassment.
Mayor Bissonnette made this information public on the day he announced Thomas Charette as the new Police Chief.