Pittsfield man gets 6 months for kicking, threatening officer


PITTSFIELD -- A city man has been sentenced to six months in jail for attacking a police officer as he attempted to break-up an outdoor party.

Augustin Brodeur, 21, of Lakewood Circle, shoved Pittsfield Police Officer Michael Silver on Nov. 9 while the officer was trying to help a young woman who had been trampled by other partygoers after 50 or so people scattered from a field near the Crosby School.

Silver was the only officer on the scene when he heard noise and flashed his spotlight across a field on West Street, revealing a large crowd of people who were "fighting and causing a general disturbance."

When the group scattered, a 16-year-old female tripped and was trampled, while other young people were "running through the neighborhood, yelling and some attempting to hide behind shrubbery ... vehicles [and] trees," according to a police report.

While Silver tried to help her, he was shoved from behind by Brodeur, who then circled him in a threatening manner, police said.

Brodeur, then 20, resisted arrest, kicked the officer, and threatened him, saying "his boys" would "get" Silver, according to the report.

Police later found four individually wrapped bags of marijuana, a digital scale and other paraphernalia, several unopened beers and a open bottle of vodka in his backpack.

On Wednesday in the Jury of Six session of Central Berkshire District Court, Brodeur appeared with attorney John A. Bernardo and pleaded guilty to felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot) and misdemeanor assault and battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct, person under 21 with alcohol as a subsequent offense, and resisting arrest.

Single counts of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and drug violation in a school zone were dismissed at the request of the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.

Judge Matthew J. Shea sentenced the defendant to six months at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction in line with a joint recommendation between the defense and prosecutor Daniel Hespeler.

Brodeur, who had been out on personal recognizance, was taken into custody by court officers and led from the courtroom.

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