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    Amid the national debate over policing, elected officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts may be going to court over who should run the police department. 

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A new clash is brewing between the mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts and the City Council over plans to strengthen civilian oversight of the troubled police department. 

the front door of Springfield Police Headquarters
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   A consultant is suggesting changes in how the troubled Springfield, Massachusetts Police Department polices itself.  

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The announcement of criminal charges this week against five police officers in Springfield, Massachusetts again raised questions about supervision and discipline in the city’s police department.

Gary Berte addresses reporters after Mayor Domenic Sarno announced his appointment to the Springfield Community Police Hearing Board.
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Just hours before a scheduled city council vote that could lead to a board of civilians running the police department in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city’s mayor held a news conference this afternoon.  Mayor Domenic Sarno announced an appointment to the city’s Community Police Hearing Board and defended the advisory board’s work. 

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Rallies, marches, and vigils continue in the region following the deaths last week of two black men at the hands of police officers and the lone gunman attack that killed five police officers in Dallas. A Black Lives Matter rally in Springfield, Massachusetts Monday included a U.S. presidential candidate.

The civilian board that investigates complaints against the police in Springfield, Massachusetts has not issued a public report about its work in almost two years. The mayor’s office says there is no target date for releasing the overdue reports that are supposed to come out annually.