AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Three Agawam Police Officers were fired after an investigation into an incident involving use of force at the police station. On Wednesday, a pre-hearing was held to set dates for an expedited hearing.
According to a release from Agawam Police Chief Eric Gillis, Mayor Richard Cohen terminated the employment of Sgt. Anthony Grasso, Officer Edward Connor and Officer John Moccio for an incident that took place in June at the police station and was caught on camera.
The fired officers’ attorney, John Connor, said the officers used proper force when a man they arrested at Six Flags became combative at the park and the police station. Connor says there’s no question the three men used proper force.
Connor told 22News, “Obviously it’s the holiday season. They’ve been unjustly treated. We’ve been working as hard as we can to get them back to work, but it’s very difficult for them. They are not being paid. They are opposing their unemployment applications. So it’s very difficult.”
22News requested video of the incident through the District Attorney’s Office, but it was denied due to a pending criminal case.
The next hearing dates are in January, but not open to the public. A decision is anticipated for May.