The Springfield Mayor is reacting to the charges that have been filed against a Police Officer who has been charged with an off duty assault outside of a bar almost 4 years ago.
Mayor Domenic Sarno says “Again this is very troubling, as our police officers are sworn to enforce our laws, not break them. Any officer that breaches the public trust should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law – ‘let the chips fall where they may’.
Four men say they were attacked by off-duty officers at Nathan Bill's Bar and Restaurant in 2015.
Officer Jose Diaz was arraigned in Springfield District Court on Thursday on nine criminal charges, entering a plea of not guilty.
The Springfield Police Department says Diaz has been suspended and will be placed on administrative leave.