SPRINGFIELD — City Councilor Orlando Ramos has scheduled a meeting of the council’s Public Safety Committee seeking answers regarding a federal jury award of $250,000 in a police brutality case.
“The jury’s finding that the City of Springfield has ‘a custom of failing to discipline officers’ is especially troubling!” Ramos said in a prepared statement after the outcome of the trial, for a lawsuit filed by Lee Hutchins, was reported on MassLive Wednesday. “I want answers as to what the police department has done to address this.”
Attorney Luke Ryan, who was among lawyers trying the case, said that the jury found that Hervieux was the only one of the three who used excessive force. The jury found that the other two officers had unlawfully entered Hutchins home but “were not the proximate cause of the damages,” Ryan said.
Ryan said that the jury found that the city “had a custom of failing to discipline officers and this custom demonstrated deliberate indifference to the rights of those citizens with whom the officers came into contact and this was a direct cause of the officer’s constitutional violation of Lee Hutchins’ rights,”