Outside the residences of Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood, a usually quiet Saturday was punctured by the sound of car horns protesting the lack of reforms resulting from a scathing U.S. Department of Justice report.
Just after 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, 48 cars set off from the parking lot of the South Congregational Church in Springfield. Their destination was the homes of Sarno in Springfield and Clapprood in Wilbraham to protest the “vague statements and few specifics regarding [police] department reforms” since the Department of Justice report was published on July 8.
The 28-page report presented a withering picture of Springfield’s Narcotics Unit, highlighting instances of falsified reports, lax oversight and alleged beat-downs of arrestees with a particular focus on punches to the head and neck.
“It’s true that today’s caravan could be considered a disruption to our mayor and police commissioner on their Saturday