Beaten officer is released

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Police Officer Michael J. McHugh was released Tuesday afternoon from Baystate Medical Center, where he had been since Saturday after an off-duty fight left him with severe head injuries.

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The public can only pray for the quick and speedy recovery of Pittsfield Police Officer Michael J. McHugh. Nobody wishes any physical harm or mayhem to any of our fellow citizens, especially when both parties have been heavily drinking!

While our citizens enjoy the right to patronise any local establishment they choose, one should be cognizent of the phenomenal reactions that may result from interactions with strangers! Like mom taguth us at a very early stage in life: never talk to strangers! This incident is a case in point.

Although the off-duty police officer should never have taken the fight outside, the fact it happend should be a testament to the very vulnerablitiy of heavy drinking and the impairment of one's reasonabeness to settle disputes in a civilised fahsion. Still, we pray the officer fully recovers and returns to the job!

The public also looks to Pittsfiled Police Chief Michael J. Wynn for a comprehensive and by-the-book investigation of what actually happened. We, as citizens of this community, expect a even-handed investigation. Chief Wynn, to his credit, does have an inpressive track record of stepping out from behind the blue wall and tackling any signs of police corruption. He's a graduate of Williams College; our citizens expect nothing less than an ivy league approach to this tragedy!

He must do better than the "[b]ut we try not to play favorites" attitude. This incident demands th highest standard of internal examination. Why did this officer sidestep his many years of street expeience and training to fight somebody (instead of walking away) in the parking lot? If he was losing control of the situation, why didn't he call his confederates in for backup? Huhh, interesting!

At the end of day, chief Wynn, don't "try not to play favorites," don't play favorites.

Good luck, chief!

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His injuries can't be that bad if he's home already. Suck it up! Next time don't go outside with a guy almost half your age after drinking.
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how is 28 half of 35

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First off I said almost half. And second I thought he was 45, sorry. Still it's a big difference.

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Pro gun wrote:
His injuries can't be that bad if he's home already. Suck it up! Next time don't go outside with a guy almost half your age after drinking.
You're a d.o.u.c.h.e.b.a.g. Mike subdued the guy, let him up, turned his back and got punched in the back of the head and went down on the ice and hit his head. He wasn't drunk, wasn't picking a fight and wasn't out of control. Get the facts cbefore you mouth off Aaron.
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Does anyone really believe that the police report is not a complete crock made up out of whole cloth with the details contrived precisely in the fashion needed to justify charging Laughran but not McHugh?

If two people "take it outside" and get in a bar fight, they should both be arrested. But not if one of them is a cop, because then the cops will just write up whatever absurd lie they need to in order to make sure the cop isn't charged.

McHugh "was not in a fighting stance". Yeah, right.
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he was arrested for hitting him while unconcious
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JIMMY G PITTSFIELD MA wrote:
<quoted text>You're a d.o.u.c.h.e.b.a.g. Mike subdued the guy, let him up, turned his back and got punched in the back of the head and went down on the ice and hit his head. He wasn't drunk, wasn't picking a fight and wasn't out of control. Get the facts cbefore you mouth off Aaron.
What says the other guy was drunk, If you look at it in court, no evidence to say either was drunk..He subdued him? Was he on duty arresting someone..Get real..Their both in the wrong, Im sure they both just want this to blow over, Booze,bad jugdement, and slippery parking lot..What happens if the other guy slipped and crashed his skull..Would Mchugh of been charged with the same thing?

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You can't take anything Jimmy boy says seriously. He is retarded. Give him a pass.
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Mike is a hot head when he drinks.So am I, I am sure mike like me wouldn't want this blown into a huge deal.Laughlan will learn a lesson from this but shouldn't be put in jail or charged criminally unless Mchugh is also charged with something.The lesson learned for both is walk away.I tell people now after past experiences of being sued that "I can't afford to fight you",and walk away.
I think the PPD did just make up the report "was not in a fighting stance" sounds like they are trying to help Mikes pride, makes it sound like a sucker punch to cover the fact that a fellow officer strong as a bull trained in Juijitsu got knocked out.As a fighter I know that anyone can be knocked out by anyone under differing circumstances.A little to much to drink,a little ice,a little chaos all contributing factors.
My prayers are with Mike and his family,Mike is a strong man and I am sure I will see him out on the street doing his job soon.
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wow wrote:
<quoted text>What says the other guy was drunk, If you look at it in court, no evidence to say either was drunk..He subdued him? Was he on duty arresting someone..Get real..Their both in the wrong, Im sure they both just want this to blow over, Booze,bad jugdement, and slippery parking lot..What happens if the other guy slipped and crashed his skull..Would Mchugh of been charged with the same thing?
Your probably right. The big bad bully in this story is the iced over parking lot. Q could have just as easily ended up in the hospital with a head injury by stumbling around on that ice alone, even if he wasn't intoxicated.
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Cops and beer muscles = BS investigation.
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Is the Friends in trouble? Because they should be. IF this was 2 random people at anther bar Carmen would be yelling at them at. The liqueur board is a JOKE!!! Most likely the Friends owner is good friends with one of the guys on the board so they wont get in trouble(Just like Pepes) Shitsfield is such a joke!

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Like I said yesterday- I don't think all the facts are being revealed. It does take two to tango and it sounds as if they both acted incorrectly here.
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You can't take anything Jimmy boy says seriously. He is retarded. Give him a pass.
and we are supposed to listen to you talking like that??
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Legal 1 wrote:
Like I said yesterday- I don't think all the facts are being revealed. It does take two to tango and it sounds as if they both acted incorrectly here.
Why don't you just come out and say it... the cops are covering something up right??
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Does anyone really believe that the police report is not a complete crock made up out of whole cloth with the details contrived precisely in the fashion needed to justify charging Laughran but not McHugh?
If two people "take it outside" and get in a bar fight, they should both be arrested. But not if one of them is a cop, because then the cops will just write up whatever absurd lie they need to in order to make sure the cop isn't charged.
McHugh "was not in a fighting stance". Yeah, right.
Make sure you know the law before you comment. Assault and Battery is not arrestable unless witnessed by police or it is a domestic relationship. Laughran was arrested because it was aggrevated a/b since he hit him while unconscious and caused serious injury. You're welcome.
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"He's one of us, so of course that [intensity] is going to matter," Wynn said. "It is a fairly significant assault and battery at one of our local establishments, and we take all of those very seriously. But we try not to play favorites."

Chief, you very clearly play favorites!!!
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The cop SHOULD NOT have gone outside. Did the cop identify himself as an officer, it appears not. When he stepped outside he opened the door to a fight and lost. The cop should not have been struck while unconscious but drinking was involved. The cop is gonna win this one but should suffer some actions by the police. POOR JUDGEMENT ON BOTH SIDES.
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Wake up Pittsfield wrote:
The cop SHOULD NOT have gone outside. Did the cop identify himself as an officer, it appears not. When he stepped outside he opened the door to a fight and lost. The cop should not have been struck while unconscious but drinking was involved. The cop is gonna win this one but should suffer some actions by the police. POOR JUDGEMENT ON BOTH SIDES.
He should lose his right to own or carry firearms.

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