SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Police Officer Gregg Bigda has been found not guilty on all charges in federal court Monday.
Bigda was accused of assaulting and threatening two juvenile suspects in 2016 after the teens allegedly stole an unmarked police cruiser and led them on a chase from Springfield to Palmer. He was suspended indefinitely without pay in 2018.
“I have faith in the judicial system and honor and respect their decision. We’ll review the transcripts from the trial to ensure our Internal Investigations Unit has all the facts before moving forward with any decisions,” said Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno stated, “I am not the appointing authority, that rests with Commissioner Clapprood. However, this has been a stain and dark cloud hanging over our department for well over six years. I have seen the video tape. My feeling is there is no place for him on the force.”
Greater Springfield NAACP President, Bishop Talbert Swan sent 22News a statement on Monday’s decision, stating, “The failure to convict Greg Bigda only highlights the perceived value of Black and Latino life and reinforces the stereotypes, which justify racial animus against our males, their disenfranchisement, abuse, brutalization, and mass incarceration. It further sends a clear message that a white officer can be caught on video brutalizing and threatening to murder and plant evidence on citizens and be justified in the eyes of a jury.”
Charges against a second officer involved in the case, Stephen Vigneault, have since been dropped.