Show #323 – Hampden, Mass. Chief of Police Jeff Farnsworth

American police departments in large cities and small towns are under fire due to the death of George Floyd.

Protests are commingled with rioting and looting.

Hampden, Mass. Chief of Police Jeff Farnsworth speaks candidly about the challenges facing his force and other departments in simultaneously protecting freedom of speech as well as protection of life and property.

Chief Farnsworth is also the head of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, and as such is in regular contact with the chiefs of other forces in the Commonwealth, as well as the governor.

Here he presents his views on the potential for protests and lawlessness, now originating in our urban centers, to reach the smaller towns in Western Mass.

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Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 stats.
Lt. Robert Stocks is the new Longmeadow Chief of Police.
Outdoor dining set to begin.
Police brutality protests continue in Holyoke.
Balise offering free ultimate car washes to first responders and emergency workers.
Rachel’s Table joins the “Meal Train.”
Judge overrules Springfield City Council, allowing Insa to open.
Child care facilities and summer camps can reopen in Phase 2.
Blandford Fair cancelled.
Assault with… what?

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.
Mayor Sarno comments on George Floyd and marks an unusual anniversary.
Patients return to the dentist’s office at Agawam Dental Arts – with Cecile Calabrese.
Junior Achievement of Western Mass. will hold their golf tournament! With Jennifer Connolly.
ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach looks at regional entertainment.
AAA Pioneer Valley reopens.
Kristen McClintock the new Executive Director of Gray House.
Amherst Town Hall remains closed for the summer.
Mayor and Police Commissioner join together for a prayer vigil.