POLICE

John Barbieri, former police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts, at center.
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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.
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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. 

Updated at 4:45 p.m. ET

A Florida police chief has announced that Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, will face charges of soliciting prostitution after he was caught on surveillance video allegedly in the midst of a sexual act.

Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr announced the charges on Friday as part of a sting on a local spa suspected of human trafficking and potential money laundering.

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