SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for the five Springfield police officers charged with assault in connection with a 2015 altercation outside a bar.
The officers, 30-year-old Daniel Billingsley, 29-year-old Anthony Cicero, 28-year-old Christian Cicero, 33-year-old Igor Basovskiy, and 33-year-old Jameson Williams, all had their presence waived and do not need to be at the hearing.
All five officers pleaded not guilty during their arraignments last month and were released on personal recognizance with the condition that they stay away from the victims and turn over any person weapons to state police. They were also suspended without pay for five days and are now on paid administrative leave per state law and contractual agreements.
Each officer is facing four counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of assault and battery, assault and battery – serious bodily injury, and conspiracy.
The off-duty incident happened nearly four years ago, in April 2015. An altercation inside Nathan Bill’s Bar, led to a fight in an adjoining parking lot later that night. Four men, Herman Cumby, Jozelle Ligon, Jackie Ligon and Michael Cintron say they were attacked by 8-12 people. Some of which were believed to be off-duty police officers.
The only camera in the area that showed anything was from the Bank of America next to Nathan Bill’s bar. It showed some off-duty officers were there, but the alleged attack took place in another parking lot. The 22News I-Team also discovered that the police department’s internal investigation showed that several officers were caught searching for the victims’ names in the police database the day after the incident.
Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni refused to press charges in 2017 after he said the victims couldn’t identify their attackers. Attorney General Maura Healey and FBI Boston Division Special Agent in Charge Joseph Bonavolonta announced the charges against the officers on February 13.