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On January 9, 2011, after leaving a bar in Springfield, Mass, Michael, along with two friends, were heading back home in a vehicle in which Michael was the front-seat passenger.
As they begin driving, the vehicle was among many other vehicles, as the streets were heavily congested with traffic due to all ...the bars closing. As they were waiting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, a police officer approached the vehicle on the passenger side and told them to get the f**k out of here! Michael advised the officer that they could not go anywhere due to the traffic. The officer continued to yell, Move the car!
As soon as an opening presented itself, the driver made a right hand turn onto Worthington Street. The occupants heard a loud crack from the rear of the vehicle. The officer busted the taillight with his flashlight or nightstick.
Very upset, the driver of the vehicle got out to examine the damage to the vehicle and the officers told him to get back in the vehicle, get the f**k out of here and go back to Connecticut.
Once in the vehicle, the driver asked for the officers badge numbers.
At this point, officers charged the vehicle (both the passenger side and the driver's side) and officers began punching both of them in the face, head, and chest areas, while stating, Oh, you want badge numbers."
Michael, the passenger, was dragged violently from the vehicle by four officers while still being punched and kicked by the officers. He was thrown against a parked vehicle, and then was chocked unconscious and while still unconscious was violently shook, and then dragged through the snow by the collar. He was kicked again by one of the officers twice and then flung to the ground violently.
The driver was also pulled out of the vehicle and was put in a prone position on the ground. The driver was allowed to go back in the vehicle and leave. However, the passenger (Michael) was arrested, and the police fabricated lies to try to cover up their abuse.
The abuse still continued at the police station: Michael begged an officer several times to loosen the handcuffs, which were very tight and the officer readjusted them to make them even tighter.
Michael is home now. But he is facing three misdemeanor charges and one felony charge, which could carry up to 7.5 years if Michael is convicted. Michael's legal team filed a Motion to Dismiss, on the grounds that the Springfield Police destroyed evidence to support their fabricated story of the night's events. Unfortunately, the judge denied the motion. It is more important than ever to support Michael and his family now - to lift their spirits with our presence at Michael's trial starting April 22nd at 9:00 am at the Springfield District Court. So please mark your calendars, tell your friends, and attend in solidarity with Michael - and to show the courts, the media, and the District Attorney's office that WE ARE WATCHING.