President of Springfield chapter of NAACP wants two Springfield officers suspended

Hampden County

Bishop Talbert Swan is calling for the immediate suspension and ultimately the dismissal of two Springfield police officers due to what he calls: “cases of misconduct.”

Two Springfield Police officers are being investigated for possible use of excessive force on two separate occasions.

One incident involves Officer Angel Marrero’s alleged use of excessive force while arresting a student at Commerce High School in early December.

The other case involves Officer Jefferson Patrie who allegedly used excessive force against a man in a surveillance video that was shot in the lobby of the Springfield Police Headquarters.

Bishop Swan is calling for the dismissal of these two officers, but acting Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood said Officer Patrie acted appropriately.

“Our initial investigation proved that the officers acted properly, but we are open to new information as it comes in,” acting Commissioner Clapprood said. “It was sent back to the DA’s office and he gave it to his investigative unit to take another look at.”

The Community Police hearing Board cleared Officer Patrie of two charges; one, “use of force,” and the other, a theft allegation.

The Hampden County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case. The officer involved in the High School of Commerce incident has been reassigned.

That investigation was turned over to the Community Police Hearing Board last week.

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