AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – The video of the use-of-force incident that led to the firing of three Agawam police officers was released on Thursday.
Attorney John Connor, who is representing the officers, claims their actions shown in the video were justified. He said the officers were following the police department’s policies and procedures.
22News took a look at the policies and procedures, and found that Agawam Police Officers can use defensive tactics including baton strikes, hits from a stun gun, or deploying of police dogs, if the suspect is abusive towards the officers.
“Under the policies and procedures, the use of the force was authorized,” Connor said. “They may disagree with that, but that doesn’t mean that these officer didn’t act in accordance with the policies and their training.”
The video was taken from inside the Agawam police station after officers arrested David Desjardins, at Six Flags last June. He was allegedly drunk and unruly, and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and assault and battery on a police officer.
Desjardins has accused Agawam Police Sgt. Anthony Grasso, Officer Edward Connor, and Officer John Moccio of using excessive force when they brought him back to the police station.
The three officers were all fired after the incident, a decision they have since appealed through civil service.
The district attorney announced earlier this week that the officers will not be prosecuted.
WARNING: Some people may find the video below to be disturbing: