Appearing at last night’s Town Council Meeting, Southbridge citizen Steve Demers leveled allegations against the Southbridge Police Department.
Saying that he has experienced four break-ins at his home on Hartwell Terrace, three since mid-January, Mr. Demers indicated the lack of serious attention from the local department. Among his complaints was the mishandling of a surveillance video provided to the police. At the request of an Assistant District Attorney at the Dudley District Court he sought to regain possession of the video presented to the department. The police were allegedly unable to locate the video. This resulted in his need to replicate it in order to meet the ADA’s request.
Here is the video of Mr. Demers presentation:
During Councilors forum, Councilor Vecchia recounted similar experiences of his own.
The Town Manager spoke up in defense of the department at the conclusion of the meeting:
We at the O’Zone are interested in your experiences in this regard. How have your interactions with the local police been handled as regards such incidents?