I-Team: Police conflict-of-interest controversy

Lt. Edward McGovern accused of giving preferential treatment to Ofc. Petrangelo

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Ethics Commission has charged a police officer in Agawam with violating the state’s conflict of interest laws. This is the latest development in a case that the 22News I-Team has been covering extensively.

You may remember when then Agawam police officer Danielle Petrangelo was pulled over by West Springfield police for driving the wrong way down Route 5. The Ethics Commission is now alleging that Agawam Police Lt. Edward McGovern, who was called about the incident, broke the law when he arranged for a ride to get Petrangelo home, rather than conducting a sobriety test and or book her for driving under the influence.

The Commission is investigating whether Petrangelo received preferential treatment; something residents say, if true, certainly isn’t fair.

“The way I see it, if it’s not an equal opportunity for everyone, if you’re not going to help everyone, then it shouldn’t be done, period. Breaking the law is breaking the law,” Sean Dell Soneye of Chicopee said.

Lt. McGovern has 21 days to respond to the state, which will then be followed by pre-trial hearings. The 22News I-Team called the office of Mayor Richard Cohen for a response from them, but they had no comment. We will continue to follow this case closely, and update you with the latest information as soon as it’s available.

Below is the complete Ethics Commission report:

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