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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.

 

 


  • alpinequeen

    Thank goodness for cameras, the people who use them who share the pictures with others when they not supposed to. What ever happened to professionalism?

  • Fredpiquette

    Good thing the state detectives are on it, The Chicopee DT’s couldn’t find their rear ends with both hands free. At least with the state police involved they can put the blame on someone they don’t like and want to frame, they are pretty good at that.
    Haven’t any details been released? Do they have a suspect? DNA? anything? sometimes in stalled investigations I think it can hinder investigations, not help them. We have never heard if there was a BF involved, any ex’s, nothing that could help anyone find a way to help.

    • alpinequeen

      Quite an egregious statement on your part.

  • boo72

    Bottom line they had no business taking pics of that girl while DEAD!! Then showing them to people that’s someone daughter .. You don’t do that.. Ok ur a cop a lil power that what u do .. So sad.. :( if it was me trust n believe .. I’ll make everyone who knew about it!! Pay trust me by the time I’m done I’ll make everyone I counted four.. Law suit!! I hope her mother gets a good lawyer n suits the heck out of Chicopee police n mayor . For knowing n not saying anything till a yr later