Springfield city councilors call for expanded reforms to hold police accountable

SPRINGFIELD — Eight city councilors have urged a state legislative committee to expand reforms to increase accountability for police misconduct.

The councilors submitted a two-page letter to a legislative conference committee urging members to strengthen the Massachusetts Civil Rights Act pertaining to police, and to reduce legal protection for officers against civil lawsuits, known as “qualified immunity.”

“For too long police officers who have violated peoples’ secured rights have…

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