Our panel looks at the big stories in the news.
Milwaukee’s police force is under scrutiny following an officer-involved shooting of a man who ran from a traffic stop and subsequent protests that turned violent over the weekend. The city’s police chief has ties to Massachusetts, including a brief stint in Springfield
Hispanics now make up nearly 28 percent of sworn Springfield police, a 2 percentage point increase in the last couple years. The share of black officers also increased, and a class of recruits will further diversify the department. But it has a ways to go before it reflects the diversity of the city.
Springfield officials on Monday accepted a deed transferring the property housing the former US Army Reserve Center to the city at no cost
A teenage girl is the victim in the city’s latest homicide.
The trial of Ayyub Abdul Alim began this week in Springfield. More than two years ago he was arrested and charged with illegal possession of a loaded firearm, which he says city police planted on him. Police say otherwise and a group of activists have taken up his case.
Springfield’s incoming police commissioner on Monday night unveiled his top priorities as the city’s top cop. It was Deputy Chief John Barbieri’s first public presentation sine his appointment.
On Monday, John Barbieri will show off his PowerPoint skills in a half-hour or more public presentation at Van Sickle Middle School, then answer pre-submitted questions that have been screened by Mayor Domenic Sarno’s staff.
Eventually this good will is going be tested, when union leaders and Barbieri will find themselves on opposite sides of a negotiating table.
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Mayor Domenic Sarno announced Wednesday that John Barbieri will take over upon the retirement of current Commissioner William Fitchet in May.
Michael Fenton, the council president, says the meeting will include the first two of three votes needed to reinstate a board with hiring and firing authority that is currently held by the police commissioner.
Officials at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield say no patients were turned away Tuesday evening. That’s despite a lock down brought on by a standoff between police and a man who eventually shot himself and died.
Springfield police say a man involved in a four-hour standoff in a hospital parking lot has shot and killed himself.
A Springfield man who was initially convicted of murder then acquitted in a second trial, has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city […]
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno says he’s re-commissioning a special paramilitary strike force, which he says will patrol the city’s more violent neighborhoods.