CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Holyoke resident Maylene Maldonado has filed a civil suit against the City of Chicopee and eight former and current police officers for $1 million. Maldonado was arrested more than two years ago and said Sergeant Daniel Major put her in a chokehold at the police station. However, the former Chief said that’s not true.
22News filed a Freedom of Information Act Request, and the Chicopee Police Department provided us with a copy of the video and of their internal affairs investigation. (Warning: Some people may find this disturbing. This case has been on going for quite some time, but this is your first look at the video.)
22News spoke with Chicopee Police about the incident. They want to stress there is a new chief and a new administration since this incident, and that they don’t want to hide anything.
“Part of when Mayor Kos became Mayor and Chief Jebb was sworn into office they both pledged to the public that we would be a transparent department,” said Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk. “There would not be anything covered up or hidden and that incidents like this would be released so that people can see what’s going on with their police department.
Maldonado was arrested when Chicopee Police were responding to a report of a man with a large knife near the Econo Lodge. They found her running to a truck stop. She told them she was drunk and high on PCP. Police arrested her for allegedly assaulting an officer.