Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse responds to recent firing of Springfield detective

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HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Holyoke Alex Morse released a statement Wednesday morning regarding the recent firing of a Springfield police detective.

According to a news release sent to 22News, Springfield Detective Florissa Fuentes was fired last week after sharing a photo of her niece at a Black Lives Matter protest on Instagram.

Mayor Sarno added a statement comparing Detectives Fuentes’ post to a Springfield officer in 2017 who expressed support of a man who drove into a crowd of demonstrators protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Sarno expressed both posts were “derogatory comments.”

Morse who is running for Congress in Massachusetts believes detective Fuentes should be reinstated immediately.

“The Springfield police department is trending in a troubling direction that reflects what we’re seeing across the country. In April, five Springfield officers facing criminal charges for covering up an altercation at a bar, in which police assaulted a group of Black men, were reinstated with the blessing of Mayor Sarno who said reinstating the officers would ‘keep all our residents safe and sound.’ Now, Detective Fuentes has been unjustly fired over a social media post supporting Black Lives Matter.

Where is Western Mass’s representation on this? Mayor Sarno makes a very Trumpian, ‘very good people on both sides’ suggestion as he equates supporting Black Lives Matter to supporting a neo-Nazi murdering a woman protesting white supremacy, and Representative Neal has yet to utter the words ‘Black Lives Matter’ but proudly touts Sarno as his top surrogate.”

Holyoke Mayor Alex B. Morse

22News contacted Congressman Richard Neal’s campaign who released the following in response to Alex Morse’s statement:

“Alex Morse is throwing stones from inside his glass house — he has yet to address a horrific incident of police brutality in his own City with a 12-year-old victim, which led to a settlement with taxpayer money. He refused to comment and conveniently left out the fact that there were previous accusations of police brutality against this same officer, and other incidents against people of color that he refused to disclose to the public. So much for transparency and racial justice.”

Congressman Richard Neal, (D) Massachusetts

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