In an unfortunate story, a Springfield police officer has received multiple criminal charges for his role in harassing a 15-year-old boy and stealing his cell phone. According to reports, the officer agreed to criminally intimidate the teen on behalf of a friend who claimed that he didn’t want the boy talking to his sister.
Recently, 28-year-old off-duty officer Daniel Cintron and a friend of his assaulted the teenager outside of the Eastfield Mall in Springfield. Though he was off-duty at the time, Cintron was wearing his badge and flashed his gun in an attempt to scare the boy. His friend punched the teen and stole his cell phone. They apparently did this because of texting between the boy and the man’s younger sister.
Fortunately, the teenager felt comfortable enough to report the assault to other law enforcement officials. Cintron turned himself in when he discovered there was a warrant out for his arrest. He is facing the charges of unarmed robbery, assault and battery, and witness intimidation and has pleaded not guilty. It is unclear why he is charged with unarmed robbery considering he made a point of showing his weapon to the teenager. Cintron is on suspension from his Springfield police duties for five days without pay and is awaiting the findings of a disciplinary hearing.
No One is Above the Law
Police officers are beholden to the law just as anyone else is. In fact, we believe they should be held to a higher standard due to their prominent role in our communities. Thomas Whitney Attorney at Law provides effective criminal defense, juvenile defense, and representation for weapon and drug charges in Amherst and the surrounding areas. If you are in need of experienced representation, contact us today at (413) 256-6234 to schedule a free consultation.