Chicopee City Council Calling for Investigation into Plasse Photos
CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — There’s more fallout surrounding the Chicopee Police Department and photos taken by an officer of murder victim Amanda Plasse.
After an ABC40 investigation this week revealed new details about the inquiry into the department, the City Council is now calling for an outside investigation. They’ve put together a timeline of at least three inconsistent statements made by the mayor about what and when he knew about the photos.
Councilors say he backtracked on his facts several times. Now, they are asking the Attorney General for two investigations: What knowledge the mayor had of the photos and a probe into the actual taking of the photos and their effect on the ongoing murder case.
City Councilor John Vieau told ABC40, “I want to get a look at this timeline and see this information and figure out what on earth is going on.”
“We feel that that’s probably the only way that we will get necessary information. Get right information and have it done in right matter. Amanda Plasse’s family needs closure,” notes City Council President George Moreau.
Bissonnette says this is all a political attack.
“This is incredibly political. The timing of this. I’ll leave it to the public to figure out whose politicizing the event. If the AG or anyone else wants to see the documents, they are more than welcome to,” explains Bissonnette.
Amanda Plasse was murdered in her downtown Chicopee apartment in August 2011. It was the job of Chicopee Police officers to secure the scene while detectives responded, but they snapped personal cell phone pictures of Amanda’s body that were circulated both in and outside the Chicopee Police Department.
ABC40 obtained a letter this week sent by the former police chief to the mayor in April 2012. It notified him that the officer who took the photos was given three extra unpaid shifts, or a working suspension.
We asked the mayor why when he got that letter he didn’t ask for more punishment for the officer. He told us it was because the letter didn’t mention photos or Amanda Plasse, he had no idea what the punishment was for and didn’t find out about the photos until after.
City councilors say they are still confident in the actual murder investigation being conducted by State and Chicopee Police detectives.
Amanda’s murder has not been solved yet. State Police and Chicopee detectives are continuing their investigation. If you have any information, call Chicopee detectives at 413-594-1730.