WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) - West Springfield Mayor Greg Neffinger is hoping to meet by Friday with a Police Captain who's on paid administrative leave because of an alleged violation of police department policy.
Neffinger told 22News that West Springfield Police Chief Ronald Campurciani delivered a letter outlining his recommendation for dealing with Captain Daniel O'Brien Tuesday. Captain O'Brien has been on paid administrative leave since February of 2012 after an incident where a woman in protective custody was bound to a restraint chair with packing tape.
Chief Campurciani told 22News last Friday that an extensive third party investigation, paid for by the city, found that Captain O'Brien had violated department policy. Earlier investigations by both the Hampden County District Attorney and Federal investigators found no wrongdoing.
Mayor Neffinger told 22News that he is in the process of trying to set up a meeting with Captain O'Brien's attorney, and that he hopes to have that meeting by Friday. Neffinger said he could not reveal the contents of Chief Campurciani's letter nor the subject matter for the meeting with Captain O'Brien or his lawyer.
Attorney Timothy Burke, who represents Captain Daniel O'Brien, released a statement that reads, in part, "The subject of the need for 'spit hoods' was brought up in staff meetings and rejected by (then) Chief Burke and (then) Administrative Captain Campurciani as being too expensive. This is noted as required equipment in the instructions for the use of the chair. No formal training was ever or has ever been given in the proper use of the restraint chair..."
Click Here to read a statement from Timothy M. Burke sent to 22News regarding Captain O'Brien.
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