SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The family of the man that died after allegedly stabbing a police officer and was then shot by a Springfield officer spoke to the public Thursday after reviewing bodycam footage of the incident.
The family of Orlando Taylor III reviewed the bodycam video Thursday afternoon with Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni. Following the review, Orlando’s grandmother, Earlene Taylor, held a news conference to discuss the incident.
22News was at Tower Square where the family gave a statement. Minister Stokes spoke on behalf of the family today. Saying Orlando Taylor struggled with mental health challenges. And that police should have done more to deescalate the situation.
“This young man had been trying to get help and his family tried to help him. But when it comes to the African-American community here in the city of Springfield we get denied access to treatment.” said Stokes.
On Sunday morning, police were called to the Liberty Heights neighborhood for a report of a man pulling a knife on another person. Police found 23-year-old Orlando Taylor on Genesee Street but when police tried to investigate, they said the suspect stabbed one of the officers in the face.
Police said the injured officer fired two shots as the suspect charged at them again. Taylor was taken to Baystate Medical Center where he later died. The officer who was stabbed was released from the hospital Monday and will undergo additional surgery in Boston.
Authorities have not released the names of the officers involved. Mayor Sarno, State Representative Bud Williams and Commissioner Clapprood are calling on the Hampden County’s District Attorney to make the body camera footage public.