City Council president wants Springfield officer fired after federal indictment

Hampden County

Springfield City Council President Orlando Ramos wants Springfield Police officer Gregg Bigda, 48, fired after his indictment on charges of using excessive force.

“It’s very dangerous for us to continue to employ somebody like Detective Bigda,” Ramos told 22News. “He should pay for his consequences.”

Springfield Police officer Bigda and now-former officer Steven Vigneault were indicted on federal charges for using unreasonable force against two teenage car theft suspects two years ago.

Ramos wants Police Commissioner John Barbieri to fire Bigda.

“These sort of cases don’t fare well for police-community relations the public needs to be able to trust their officers and trust their leaders,” said Ramos. “So we have to do the right thing here and let him go.”

The six-page indictment alleges that Bigda and Vigneault used excessive force during an arrest of two Latino teenagers in 2016.

Bigda is also accused of making threats against the two teens during an interrogation without their parents present.

“That’s why there’s so much distrust between the community and the police department because you just don’t know what officer to trust,” said Gary Rosemond of Springfield.

The police commissioner suspended Bigda without pay indefinitely, and he will have to pay out of pocket to receive benefits.

Vigneault resigned from the police department two years ago. Both men were released with unspecified conditions and are due back here in federal court on January 24.

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