SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield Police captain has been suspended for five days without pay after an off-duty incident Saturday night.
Police department spokesman Ryan Walsh said Acting Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood suspended Captain Richard Labelle late Wednesday afternoon, four days after the incident.
Labelle is said to have violated department rules during the incident that took place in a Walmart parking lot on Boston Road. Additional information about the incident were not immediately available.
The five-day suspension is the maximum suspension allowed under Civil Service Law without a hearing.
After the five-day suspension, Labelle will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the result of the Hampden District Attorney’s investigation.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno told 22News the Springfield Civilian Community Police Hearing Board are also investigating the incident.
“I’m expecting a swift review, that comes to a resolution, either way, moving forward so we can continue to enhance and protect the integrity of our police department,” said Mayor Sarno.
In a statement to 22News, City Council President Justin Hurst said in part:
It is always disappointing to hear about incidents like this especially at a time when our police department is already under heightened scrutiny. Before passing judgment, however, we must make sure we have all the facts, which means that a thorough, independent investigation must be done.
22News has put in a request to obtain a copy of the police report. We’ll bring you updates as more details develop.