Holyoke officer on unpaid leave of absence

A Holyoke police officer, who's named in a police academy lawsuit, is on an unpaid leave of absence from the Holyoke Police Department.

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) A new development in an investigation the 22News I-Team first told you about last week.

A Holyoke police officer, who’s named in a police academy lawsuit, is on an unpaid leave of absence from the Holyoke Police Department.

Sara Carroll, attorney with the city of Holyoke’s law department, told the 22News I-Team Officer Sean Shattuck is still employed with the city but is on an unpaid leave of absence.

She wouldn’t give any other details when asked why he’s on leave and if it’s in response to the lawsuit.

22News told you on Wednesday Officer Shattuck is no longer employed at the Western Massachusetts Regional Police Academy located on STCC’s campus.

He and four other current and/or former employees of the academy are named in a lawsuit brought on by former Western Massachusetts Regional Police Academy student, Timothy Turley.

Director of the Western Massachusetts Regional Police Academy Curtis McKenzie is also named in the lawsuit and is no longer employed at the academy, according to Terrel Harris, the spokesman for the state’s Department of Public Safety.

Daniel Zivkovich, the Executive Director of the Municipal Police Training Committee, and Instructors Robert Powers and Delilah Yee are the other three named and are still employed there.

Turley is a 47-year-old West Roxbury man who was attending the academy to further his law enforcement career. He retired from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department after 20 years and enrolled as a student at WMRPA on August 19, 2013 according to the legal complaint.

Turley alleges in his complaint that during his time in the academy he was the subject of age discrimination and unfair treatment.

He also claims he witnessed anti-gay and sexual harassment.

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