Pittsfield Police officer fired over multiple misconduct charges

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PITTSFIELD >> Veteran city Police Officer Dale Eason has been fired after being found responsible for multiple misconduct charges, Chief Michael Wynn announced Friday.

Eason, who had been on paid administrative leave since May 17, was terminated on Wednesday following a lengthy internal investigation and a local civil service hearing, Wynn said in the release.

"The city of Pittsfield and the Pittsfield Police Department take any and all acts of police misconduct by our personnel extremely seriously," he wrote in the release. "Service as a police officer requires a high degree of public trust. On those rare occasions, as is the case here, that trust is violated, severe sanctions must be imposed."

Details about the misconduct were not included in the release.

Eason marked 20 years with the department in April.

In an email, Pittsfield Police Lieutenant Gary Traversa referred any follow-up questions to the Pittsfield City Solicitor's office.

Pittsfield City Attorney Richard M. Dohoney said Friday afternoon he had no comment on the matter beyond the police department's statement.

In June, police and city officials declined to comment on why Eason had been placed on administrative leave on the basis the issue was a personnel matter.

Internal emails provided to The Eagle earlier this year show his conduct having been called into question before.

Those emails were part of a series of internal correspondence between members of the department regarding the June 2015, arrest of 88-year-old Phyllis Stankiewicz after Eason and Officer Jennifer Brueckmann were sent to the wrong address for a disturbance call.

That encounter led to the woman being "ground stabilized" and arrested, after allegedly threatening the officers with a knife.

The charges against Stankiewicz were dropped soon after.

In those emails, Capt. David Granger described Eason as one of the department's, "most problematic officers when it comes to the use of force and good judgment."

"I believe if we sent any other combination of officers from this department to the call it would NOT have ended in an arrest," Granger wrote.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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