WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The 22News I-Team did some digging and found out there is no FBI investigation into the West Springfield police department.
Mayor Ed Sullivan told 22News some police officers were interviewed after they made claims the police chief tried to coerce them into changing their statements when they were being interviewed about Capt. Dan O’Brien who was fired last year.
He said the FBI conducted preliminary interviews but found no grounds to move forward with an investigation.
The I-Team talked to a former dispatcher of the West Springfield Police Department, Michael Calcasola, who was interviewed by the FBI. He stands by his story the Chief tried to get him to change his statement and he’s still mad about it.
“If you’re asking if I’m angry, you’re damn right I’m angry. This was awful, I wouldn’t wish what happened to me on my worse enemy,” said Calcasola.
The I-Team talked to Chief Ron Campurciani about the allegations made against him. He says he thinks the whole thing was politically motivated.
“I don’t think you can ignore the timing in this. The person who was fired has an arbitration hearing coming up in June. I would ask where were these accusations a year ago when this stuff was being done,” Chief Campurciani said.
Campurciani denies any wrongdoing and says he was willing to talk to the FBI but they never approached him.
The FBI wouldn’t confirm or deny the preliminary investigation to us. Mayor Sullivan says the FBI told him Monday they are not moving forward.