Former Hadley officer found guilty of using unreasonable force, falsifying report in 2017

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A former Hadley Police officer was found guilty of using unreasonable force during an arrest and then falsifying his report of the incident in 2017. 

According to the Department of Justice, 49-year-old Christopher Roeder of Agawam was convicted by a federal jury Tuesday, of one count of deprivation of rights under color of law and one count of falsification of a document. 

Evidence shown during the trial suggests that on April 3, 2017, Roeder hit an arrestee in the face while they were seated on a bench at the police department’s booking area, without legal justification. 

The arrestee, whose name has not been released, suffered a fractured nose in multiple places from the hit and required plastic surgery to repair. 

The Justice Department said Roeder attempted to obstruct the investigation into his assault of the arrestee multiple times by falsifying his police report. 

Roeder faces more than 20 years in prison, at least three years of supervised release and a fine of more than $250,000. 

Sentencing will be imposed by a federal district court judge. 

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