Sarno wants review of information in Detective Gregg Bigda case

Mayor calling on DA, city solicitor, police commissioner for review

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno says that he is calling for a review of information in the case of a suspended police detective, in order to determine what information can be released to the public.

In a news release sent to 22News, Sarno said that he has called for District Attorney Anthony Gulluni, Police Commissioner John Barbieri, City Solicitor Ed Pikula, and Human Resource Director Bill Mahoney to review “what information and video that can be legally released to the public in order to help them all better understand the ‘why and how’ decisions were rendered in the Detective Gregg Bigda case.”

Bigda was suspended for 60 days after he was seen on video threatening three teenagers.

Springfield city councilors demanding answers in case of suspended SPD detective

On Thursday, five members of the Springfield City Council held a news conference outside City Hall, calling for the release of more information in the case. Some of the councilors there said that Commissioner Barbieri should have fired Bigda immediately after the incident.

On Thursday, Sarno said: “I was not happy about this serious lapse of judgement in crime-fighting techniques. The conduct described is unacceptable. The decision was recommended to me based upon past arbitrations that were overturned.”