HAMPDEN COUNTY

Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

The now-closed St. Mary's Church in Northampton, Massachusetts. Richard Koske says he was sexually assaulted by a priest in the rectory, at center.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Updated at 3:11 p.m.

The Springfield, Massachusetts, Catholic Diocese has a new protocol for notifying district attorneys of clergy sexual abuse complaints. The change comes after a copy of a report could not be found at a DA's office.

John Barbieri, former police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts, at center.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The former police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts, has received a payment from the city after his abrupt departure last week.

Acting Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood, at right, with Mayor Domenic Sarno, in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Topping the short list of news this week is Springfield police commissioner John Barbieri's retirement from the post. The move comes amid fresh accussations of police brutality and several officers facing state and federal charges. 

Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council President Justin Hurst, at podium, speaks at a press conference with other city councilors.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

Updated 3:03 p.m.

City councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts, are demanding that Mayor Domenic Sarno establish a citizen police commission in the wake of Police Commissioner John Barbieri’s sudden retirement.

Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Commissioner John Barbieri, at right, with Mayor Domenic Sarno.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Mayor Domenic Sarno of Springfield, Massachusetts, announced on Thursday that Police Commissioner John Barbieri is retiring. 

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