CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Chicopee City Councilors say they're tired of hearing about inconsistent statements from the Mayor regarding the Amanda Plasse murder. Now they want the state to get involved.
City Councilors say they want Attorney General Martha Coakley to start her own investigation after numerous reports of misstatements by the Mayor surfaced.
According to Chicopee City Council John Vieau, "We as elected representatives of the people have a duty to step forward when our government isn't working."
Six Chicopee City Councilors are calling on Attorney General Martha Coakley to investigate police officers who reportedly took pictures of Amanda Plasse's lifeless body in her apartment and showed them to other officers.
They also want her to investigate Mayor Michael Bissonnette, after numerous reports surfaced he wasn't honest about when he found out about the leaked photos.
“The inconsistencies have appalled a lot of people,” said Councilor Vieau. “A lot of people are talking about it and being a representative of Chicopee I thought it was my right and duty to stand up here today.”
Plasse was murdered in August of 2011. Mayor Bissonnette claims he learned of the photos the following year.
Mayor Bissonnette told 22News, “If I made a misstatement from time to time, that's entirely possible. In June of 2012 I learned of it, in June of 2013 I appointed the current chief, so if I made misstatements I apologize.”
The officers involved reportedly had letters of reprimand put in their files, and were required to perform extra unpaid work. Unsatisfied with that, Bissonnette called for an outside investigation.
City Councilors say after all this time there's been no conclusion, now they want the state involved.
“I think this is a major distraction, it's an injustice for the family, I think it's wrong and I felt the need to do something and I hear about investigations going on but these investigations aren't adding up to doing anything,” said Councilor Vieau.
Bissonnette says someone he appointed to investigate pulled out because there was a conflict of interest and he's found someone else.
The 22News I-Team will stay on top of this and let you know if the Attorney General will take on the case.
Plasse's murder remains unsolved and the District Attorney is handling that investigation.