The Hampden County District Attorney’s office is now investigating an alleged physical altercation that occurred in December between a student and a police officer in Springfield.
According to Hampden County DA Spokesperson Jim Leydon, a newly obtained video of the altercation at the High School of Commerce prompted the investigation.
Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said, “The incident, which happened in early December, will be the subject of a review by this office. This incident, along with the recent Jerry Bellamy case, makes it clear that the current system of assessment and referral is flawed.”
Gulluni said, “There must be a more consistent and transparent process by which the conduct of police officers is reviewed when allegations of criminal behavior arise. This systemic change will commit to justice, integrity, and the public trust.”
Springfield City Councilor Orlando Ramos is demanding an audit of the Springfield Police Department following allegations of excessive force. Ramos told 22News he’s calling for an outside party to conduct a full audit which would include a review of policy and procedures.
“We have to be proactive; and we have to make sure we’re doing whatever we can to improve the department, to prevent these incidents from happening again in the future,” said Ramos.
The Springfield Police Department issued a statement about the incident Monday. The statement said the student was not injured in the incident.
The police department requested and got the video a short time after the alleged incident, and opened an internal investigation to make sure the officer did not violate department rules and regulations.
The statement said the officer involved in the alleged incident was reassigned from the school during the investigation.
The investigation is currently being completed and could lead to a hearing in front of the Community Police Hearing Board.
22News requested a copy of the video and are still waiting to hear back.