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Orlando Ramos

   On the eve of the inauguration of President Joe Biden, the Springfield Democratic City Committee hosted a virtual gathering to preview legislative priorities for 2021. 

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        Voters in Western Massachusetts are sending some new people to the Massachusetts legislature.  One closely watched race remains too close to call.

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      City Councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts are pressing for police reforms as they consider whether to approve a new contract with police supervisors.

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Two Springfield City Councilors are poised to go to Beacon Hill in January as state legislators after this week’s Democratic primary results.

      Springfield City Councilors want to pick up the pace of police reforms in the wake of a scathing report from the U.S. Department of Justice. 

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While still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, police in the largest city in western Massachusetts have started training to use body-worn cameras. 

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    Police in the largest city in western Massachusetts will soon start wearing cameras as funds have now been approved to purchase the equipment.

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The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts has voted to ban police from using a controversial technology.   

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     The issue of face surveillance technology continues to divide elected officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts. 

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    The largest police department in western Massachusetts is taking steps to equip all its officers with body-worn cameras. 

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     The police department in Springfield, Massachusetts is moving closer to becoming the first big city police department in the state to equip all its cops with body cameras.

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       With the start of a new fiscal year Monday, July 1st, the largest city in western Massachusetts has a new budget. 

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   A proposal to enhance civilian oversight of the troubled police department in Springfield, Massachusetts has been endorsed by the head of a national organization that advocates for police accountability. 

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        The city of Springfield, Massachusetts is paying a sizable sum of money to settle a police brutality complaint as debate continues over increasing civilian oversight of the troubled police department. 

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The largest city in western Massachusetts is looking to crack down on an all too common urban nuisance – illegally operated dirt bikes. 

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   As the Springfield, Massachusetts Police Department struggles to rebuild its reputation and restore public trust, the mayor and City Council remain divided on civilian oversight.

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An effort to develop a dog park in the largest city in western Massachusetts is moving forward with advocates hoping to secure money for a feasibility study.

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A statewide grand jury in Massachusetts Wednesday indicted 13 Springfield police officers and one former officer on charges stemming from a 2015 assault on four men.

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Landlords in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts could be required to pay registration and inspection fees if a controversial ordinance on the agenda for the next city council meeting is enacted.

The rental property registration and inspection ordinance was first introduced by City Councilor Orlando Ramos more than two years ago.  He said he has spent time since researching similar laws in other communities, listening to the concerns of landlords and tenants, holding public hearings, and has now crafted something tailored to the needs of Springfield.