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Police Commissioner William Fitchet Statement RE Discipline for Officers in Melvin Jones III Case

Police Commissioner William Fitchet Statement RE Discipline for Officers in Melvin Jones III Case

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On September 28
2010 the “Community Police Hearing Board” convened to conduct aDisciplinary Hearing involving the citizen’s complaint from Melvin Jones who wasarrested in a traffic stop in November, 2009. Mr. Jones received injuries during the arrestwhere Jones was charged with Possession of a Class “B” Substance with Intent toDistribute (Crack Cocaine). That case is still pending in Hampden County Superior Court. The officers involved in that arrest are Lt. John Bobianski, Officer Jeffery Asher,Officer Michael Sedergren and Officer Theodore Truoloio. The complaint against theofficers was investigated thoroughly and professionally by the Springfield PoliceDepartments Internal Investigation Unit under the direction of Lt. Larry Brown. TheDistrict Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the office of Mayor Domenic Sarno were also apprised of the investigation into the allegations againstthe four officers. As a result of the investigation the hearing commenced and lasted threedays. Numerous witnesses were called to testify. Also introduced into evidence duringthe hearing was a video recording of the arrest taken by private citizens that were veryclose by the traffic stop and arrest of Melvin Jones. After the Board heard all thetestimony and reviewed all the evidence surrounding the case they gave their writtendecision and recommendation to my office on Monday, October 18
. I have reviewedtheir decision very closely and have rendered the following disciplinary action:
Lt. John Bobianski – 
Suspended without pay for 45 days. Upon return to duty Lt. Bobianski will undergo re-training in “Applied Patrol Procedure”.
Officer Jeffery Asher – 
Termination of employment.
Officer Michael Sedergren – 
Suspended without pay for 45 days. Upon return toDuty, Officer Sedergren will undergo retraining inIn “Anger Management” and “Applied Patrol  Procedure”.
Officer Theodore Truoilo -
Suspended without pay for 15 days. Upon return toDuty, Officer Truoilo will undergo retraining in“Applied Patrol Procedure”.
I would like to thank the “Community Police Hearings Board” for the diligence and the professional manner in which these hearings were conducted. I would also like tocommend the Internal Investigation Unit for their fair investigation which was conductedin a very timely manner.The men and women of the Springfield Police Department continue to protect and servethe public in a professional manner. The citizens who live and work in theCity of Springfield should have confidence, like I do, in their abilities to keep our citysafe. As a result of this investigation, I have formed a “Professional Standards Unit”under the direction of Captain Robert Cheetham. This unit works very close with theInternal Investigation Unit and they review
 prisoner injury reports in which theindividual in police custody requests medical treatment. The Springfield Police

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