The Community Police Hearing Board’s 2018 annual report was released Wednesday, and it uncovered some surprising statistics.
According to the report, the city of Springfield and their police officers have faced a total of 61 lawsuits, between 2006 and 2018.
Fifty-six complaints of police misconduct were made against Springfield Police officers last year alone.
22News spoke with Acting Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood, who said the CPHB’s report is released to build trust in the community.
“We show you how many complaints we handle. It says if the commissioner at the time agreed with the disposition. I think it’s over ninety-nine percent where he or she does agree, and we go a little bit harder on the officers,” said Clapprood.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said all of the police misconduct reports, were investigated thoroughly and fairly.
Sarno added that “no complaints were swept under the rug.”