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Details Emerge in Case of On-Leave West Springfield Captain

PhotoWEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — ABC 40 has learned details of the allegations being levied against West Springfield Police Captain Daniel O’Brien.

O’Brien, a more than 25 year veteran on the force, has been on paid administrative leave for nearly two years and continues to earn over $100,000 a year. According to Brian Griffin, the vice-chair of the West Springfield city council, the incident in question occurred in September of 2011.

In that incident, a woman who had been taken into protective custody at The Big E was being booked at the West Springfield police station when she allegedly began spitting and yelling at the officers.

According to Griffin, after several attempts to calm the woman down, O’Brien determined that the woman could not be controlled so he ordered officers to tape her mouth shut. An investigation into that incident was launched by West Springfield authorities a short time later. The investigation eventually made its way to the Hampden County District Attorney’s office and then was handed over to the U.S. Attorney’s office. The U.S. Attorney’s office determined that there would be no criminal charges filed.

However, during the investigation two other similar incidents involving O’Brien were uncovered from earlier in his career. Captain O'Brien “The findings are there were a number of rules and regulations violated in the taping incident with the woman that brought this to light.

There was also 2 other incidents involving the chair. One in which a hood was placed over an individuals head and tape was wrapped around his head again. Another female was placed in the chair. Put into a straight jacket all against policy,” said West Springfield Police Chief Ronald Campurciani.

The details of those other incidents were not made available. After a full investigation, O’Brien was cleared by the U.S. Attorney’s office of any potential criminal charges in all three cases.

An internal investigation is still ongoing at the West Springfield Police Department to determine whether captain O’Brien violated any department regulations.


  • medic3

    Well he can order it all he wants. If it wasn’t done……article didn’t say it was done. I threaten to tape people’s ears to the wall all the time, never did it. People are getting WAAAAY too sensitive. Besides, someone spits at me, that’s the ultimate insult. There isn’t a person out there, especially an officer in the commission of his duties that deserves to be spit on. She did that to me I’d smash my fist in her face. She’s lucky all she got was tape

    • janetandbillssexlife

      You have only proven that you are as mentally deranged as he is, nothing more.

      • alpinequeen

        Same old Fred cheap French wine.

  • Jake

    He’s got my support!! If you spit on someone, especially a police officer, you deserve much worse than a piece of tape… If she wasn’t a dirtbag who shoplifted in the first place this incident never would have even happened!

    • janetandbillssexlife

      Well Jake they have special masks to put on people who spit, not tape over their mouths. Get a clue.

      • alpinequeen

        If only you had a clue.

  • peydog

    A Captain come on
    They should fire him and he knows it

    • janetandbillssexlife

      They would probably love to Peydog, but if he hasn’t been prosecuted, it comes down to did he violate dept policies. Lets for everyones sakes, hope that they do have policies against this, and he is indeed punished. When you start treating people you serve like this, it’s time to call it a day and retire. Lets hope he does.

      • alpinequeen

        Damitjanet

  • janetandbillssexlife

    Taping peoples mouths shut? this Ahole should never be a cop again. Nobody who who do such a thing should be in any kind of position of power. This man is mentally ill, only a truly sick and vile person would do that, and it was not his first time having issues. This is not a good cop.I can now see why they are in no hurry to bring him back. He’s another “Mr Untouchable”.

    • alpinequeen

      Still playing doctor…

      • janetandbillssexlife

        Please stop your advances Al. I told you in private emails we don’t do threesomes, and your advances are not welcome. So cool it before we have to get a restraining order.

        • alpinequeen

          You’re so dense, light has to go around you.

  • janetandbillssexlife

    Well I’m sure he did some good at some point in his depraved life, but when you start doing things like taping a persons mouth shut, you have become lower slime than the people you arrest. The good things can NEVER outweigh the bad when you are a cop. there is no room for any bad in that job.

  • doggone

    If she had vomited she would have died.
    Not good!

    • janetandbillssexlife

      Yes sir, and that’s exactly why it is illegal to do that to anyone, prisoner or not. No cop has that right.

  • medic3

    The article never said tape WAS placed over her mouth or not. It’s all ASSumption. And just because there ARE spit masks, doesn’t mean W.Spfld PD has them. You’re all making assumptions. How many times have every single solitary one of you has SAID , “oh I could just kill them!” But you haven’t DONE it. No where in this article does it say this woman WAS harmed, WAS taped, WAS violated. News media stirring the ratings pot.

    • janetandbillssexlife

      Wow! You apparently are dyslexic and can’t read either. Or so you can read it “Uyo R apnetly dsylxic nda cn’ta wrdee idher”. Placed over her mouth? WTH does that matter?
      I guess those other incidents also involving tape were all coincidence, right?

      • alpinequeen

        We all sprang from apes but you didn’t spring far enough.

        • janetandbillssexlife

          Seems to me by reading your stupidity, seeing you virtually ignored by every poster on here, that you likely sprang from a serpant, a reptile with scales, who slides along the ground.

          • alpinequeen

            You must immediately stop what you are doing and get a refund from the people who are writing your material, it’s extremely derivative. Please do this right away before you cause more harm to yourself. By the way, snakes don’t “slide”. They use four different movements known as: serpentine, sidewinding, caterpillar and concertina. You’ll have to be more specific here.

  • janetandbillssexlife

    You a mentally ill family member? You must be so say something so stupid. He appears to have violated several civil rights, as well as policies. Because a DA doesn’t prosecute, does not mean a crime or violation wasn’t committed. They have hoods for spitters, not tape. Blocking a persons airway can kill in several ways.

  • janetandbillssexlife

    It’s over Dennis, he was never charged nevermind convicted. But the WSPD doesn’t want him back, and is desperately searching for a way to get rid of him without a lawsuit.