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Springfield, Mass., City Council President Calls On Hampden County DA To Resign

The president of the Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council says the Hampden County district attorney should resign.

After four men were attacked outside a bar in 2015, Hampden County D.A. Anthony Gulluni investigated, but ended up declining to prosecute Springfield police officers accused of taking part.

This week, the Massachusetts attorney general's office indicted 14 officers for assault or covering up the assault.

According to MassLive, a key piece of evidence was footage from a bank security camera the DA's office didn't get its hands on.

Springfield City Council President Justin Hurst says that proves the initial investigation was botched, and the D.A. needs to go.

"The only conclusion that I can draw is that he's part of the culture that is ultimately pervading our Springfield police department," Hurst said. "And it's not a good culture. I mean, it's a culture of cronyism and impunity."

The DA's office did not immediately comment on Hurst's call to resign.

But in an earlier statement, it said it referred the case to the attorney general and Justice Department because they had the available resources to investigate such a case. 

Before joining New England Public Media, Alden was a producer for the CBS NEWS program 60 Minutes. In that role, he covered topics ranging from art, music and medicine to business, education and politics.
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