Springfield at a glance
|Amount||Start and end dates||Recipient and description||Awarding agency||CFDA program||Type|
|CITY OF SPRINGFIELD THE EDWARD BYRNE MEMORIAL JUSTICE ASSISTANCE GRANT (JAG) PROGRAM ALLOWS UNITS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING TRIBES, TO SUPPORT A BROAD RANGE OF ACTIVITIES TO PREVENT AND CONTROL CRIME BASED ON THEIR OWN STATE AND LOCAL NEEDS AND CONDITIONS. GRANT FUNDS CAN BE USED FOR STATE AND LOCAL INITIATIVES, …||Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs||16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program||Prime|
|CITY OF SPRINGFIELD THE EDWARD BYRNE MEMORIAL JUSTICE ASSISTANCE GRANT (JAG) PROGRAM ALLOWS STATES AND UNITS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING TRIBES, TO SUPPORT A BROAD RANGE OF ACTIVITIES TO PREVENT AND CONTROL CRIME BASED ON THEIR OWN STATE AND LOCAL NEEDS AND CONDITIONS. GRANT FUNDS CAN BE USED FOR STATE AND LOCAL IN…||Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs||16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program||Prime|
|CITY OF SPRINGFIELD FY 19 BODY WORN CAMERA PROGRAM||Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs||16.835 Body Worn Camera Policy and Implementation||Prime|
|CITY OF SPRINGFIELD SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT'S SAFETY EQUIPMENT UPGRADE||Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs||16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program||Prime|
Recent equipment transfers
|Ship date||Item and National Stock Number (NSN)||Quantity||Acquisition value, each||Acquisition value, total||DEMIL code||DEMIL IC|
|1/6/2022||NIGHT VISION GOGGLE
|20||20 @ $3,578.00||$71,560.00||F||1|
|2||2 @ $1,500.00||$3,000.00||D||7|
|40||40 @ $3,607.00||$144,280.00||F||1|
|2||2 @ $4,822.47||$9,644.94||D||1|
We identified 3 publicly reported settlements that resulted in policy changes and over $249,997.00 in monetary compensation to victims.
A jury awarded a Massachusetts man $250,000 after a trial related to a police brutality case. Lee Hutchins Sr. accused one officer of using excessive force and two officers of unlawful entry while responding to reports of a domestic disturbance.
Hutchins Sr. was pepper sprayed and beaten with batons by a Springfield police officer while he was trying to defuse a domestic incident. The jury for the case found that, “the city of Springfield had a custom of failing to discipline officers and this custom demonstrated deliberate indifference to the rights” of citizens.
In April 2022, after an investigation of the Springfield Police Department’s narcotics bureau by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Springfield Police Department agreed to implement several reforms.
The investigation found that officers in the narcotics bureau often used excessive force, regularly violated individual’s Fourth Amendment rights, and often failed to report these incidents or reported them inaccurately. The new reforms will include de-escalation training, new reporting mechanisms for instances of force, and installing a separate, independent monitor to oversee compliance with these changes.
The City of Springfield settled a civil case brought by teenagers who were threatened by an officer who said he would plant drugs on and kill them while arresting them.
In February 2016, Officer Gregg Bigda suspected teenagers of stealing an unmarked police car, and along with other officers, he arrested them. A video captured by a reporter shows Bigda yelling profanities at the teenagers and claiming he could plant drugs on them and kill them in a parking lot. Bigda was acquitted of criminal charges of excessive force and abusive interrogation following the incident, but the arrested teenagers brought two civil cases. One case was settled for an undisclosed sum on February 3, 2022 while the other case is still pending. As of February 2022, Bidga was on paid leave due to the investigation.