Springfield officials held a news conference on Wednesday related to an ongoing case against more than a dozen police officers.
The policemen are accused of either participating in or covering up an attack on several civilians outside the Nathan Bill's restaurant in 2015.
Published reports indicated this week that a city attorney obtained phone records after the Springfield PD began an internal investigation, but they were then destroyed after the city's police union complained.
City Solicitor Ed Pikula said yesterday that the city had an ethical and legal responsibility to destroy the records and did so after they were illegally obtained.
The records destroyed were copies and the originals remain in the custody of the state Attorney General's office.