Domestic disputes in Massachusetts and elsewhere are potentially violent by their very nature. A recent altercation appears to have spiraled out of control on June 17 in Springfield in Hampden County. The problem began with an alleged domestic dispute and escalated to allegations of assault and battery.
Officers were called to the scene at about 7:30 p.m. on a recent Sunday. A woman reportedly arrived to pick up her son when a man, who may have been the father though it was not specifically reported, purportedly came after her with a baseball bat.
According to a police officer, the man then dented her parked car by kicking it, though it does not appear that any police were present when that incident purportedly occurred. Another man supposedly threw a bottle that broke near the woman's feet, causing injuries. Police were then called, and when they arrived, there were reportedly about 10 people outside the building. When police approached, the two men ran into the building.
Police officers say they chased the men and caught them. As the men were being arrested, a woman started to attack the police officers. According to authorities, she attacked one of the police officers, biting him on the finger and hitting him with a folding chair. She was arrested, but another woman allegedly started hitting the officers. She was also subdued and arrested.
One police officer was transported to Baystate Medical Center with injuries, while four other officers were hurt but apparently did not require hospitalization. In all, six people were arrested on charges including assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest. In cases such as this, it is often difficult to pinpoint who did exactly what and when, and the only side of the story presented so far is based on the reports of police officers. The accused individuals not only are entitled to all of the legal rights that protect anyone accused of a crime in Massachusetts, but will have their opportunity to confront witnesses testifying against them in court as well as to challenge the admissibility of any evidence offered in support of the allegations police officers have made.
Source: wwlp.com, "5 officers injured, 6 arrested," Matt Caron and Elysia Rodriguez, June 18, 2012