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Police officer intentionally run over at Holyoke Mall, Judge releases suspect on his own recognizance
Western Mass News: HOLYOKE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) –
Holyoke Police held a press conference Wednesday in regards to a suspect who was released by a judge after he allegedly ran over an officer with his vehicle at the Holyoke Mall.
The suspect identified as Charles Moran did go to Holyoke District Court and the judge we’re told, released him on his own recognizance.
The incident happened at the Holyoke Mall last Friday, June 9th at 6:30 p.m.
Moran allegedly entered the mall with a bat and got into a domestic dispute with his girlfriend.
Holyoke Police Officer Eric Martin was in the mall and came in contact with Moran where his bat was retrieved and the dispute continued into the parking lot.
Moran’s girlfriend told Martin she was fearful of Moran, and at that time Moran grabbed her and put her in the passenger’s side of the car. There was a child in the car at the time of the incident.
They placed the car in reverse and fled the area. In that moment Officer Martin was hit by the car and knocked to the ground.
Martin was transported to the hospital and was treated for a sprained right ankle and torn tendons in his left wrist. He remains out of work to recover.
Chief Neiswanger said Moran was pulled over in West Springfield on Route 5 near the Shell gas station.
Moran is 25-years-old and a Westfield resident.
He’s facing multiple charges including A&B with Dangerous Weapon, Intimidation of a Witness, Breach While Armed – the bat (he was carrying a baseball bat), Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident, Operating a MV to Endanger, Failure to Stop for Police, Resisting Arrest Reckless Endangerment of a Child (in car), Use of a MV in the Commission of a Felony, Domestic A&B.
Amazing. Let that all sink in, specifically the part where this monster, who runs over a Police Officer in order to flee and avoid being arrested is released on personal recognizance. Let it marinate. This criminal. Flight risk? Was this not considered? Let’s be real here, he ran over a POLICE OFFICER so he wouldn’t get arrested. The number one determining factor for being released on personal recognizance as well as the process of setting bail is………… DING DING DING!! FLIGHT RISK! Are we to trust that he will appear on his scheduled court date? He didn’t care about the possibility of causing a fatal injury to a police officer, this man should not have been trusted.
This is a complete and utter disgrace to the men and women who serve to protect our state. This shows lack of respect to not only the entire police department, but to the family of the officer who was injured. The judge who released Moran on personal recognizance is Judge William Rota:
The crazy part? He was a former prosecutor before he was nominated by Gov. Deval Patrick. A former prosecutor made the conscious decision to release a dangerous criminal, again, let that sink in. Did he not build his entire career attempting to put dangerous criminals behind bars? What changed since he got his cushy seat in the chambers? Is that argument that he has had no prior history with police or run in with the law a determining factor? Does it really matter? He was caught on video! Judge Rota normally presides at Southern Berkshire District Court. It is not uncommon for Judges to rotate. It’s unfortunate that he was the presiding Judge on this particular day.
Watch the full press conference from Chief Neiswanger below. The video evidence is shown at the 5:10 mark:
It is clear as day, the officer was run over. Moran did not back up slowly either, he did it quickly to ensure he could escape. He is a danger to society and should be sitting in a rotting cell right now. Instead, he’s off probably beating his girlfriend and doing it front of their toddler. If he’s willing to act that way in public, think about the monster he is behind closed doors. Chief Neiswanger makes a good point when he asked whether Moran would be released if the Officer had been fatally wounded. Personally, I don’t think so. Seems like Massachusetts has a history of allowing dangerous criminals out on the streets. How soon we forget that Jorge Zambrano, the man who shot and killed Officer Tarentino had a lengthy rap sheet. The fact that a man like him was roaming the streets freely, leaves me no hope in our Justice system. Charles Rota may not have the lengthy record that Zambrano did, however, they have one thing in common; they are willing to do whatever it takes to flee arrest even if it means taking the life of an innocent police officer who is just doing their duty to protect and serve the community.
Look at this piece of shit:
This is the face of a man who can become the next cop killer, and our Judges in Massachusetts sleep well at night letting dangerous criminals walk out of court under the guise that they will behave and return.
What an absolute shame that Judge Rota was so lenient with someone like Moran. What if his did this to someone who Judge Rota knows personally? I can’t imagine he would release him, free without a care in the world.
Judge Rota is on a roll. According to a Masslive article, on May 13, 2017, he released a pittsfield man on personal recognizance after a dangerousness hearing:
“Judge William Rota said the rape charge is serious, but said the state did not show Raney to be a danger to the public or himself. Rota released the defendant on his personal recognizance pending a July 11 pretrial hearing.”
I guess the life of a police officer and the safety of a woman isn’t as important to Judge Rota as it should be. History will repeat itself, it already has. Hopefully, Moran actually shows up to his next scheduled court date, and if he does, Judge Rota better hope he hasn’t risked the lives of any other police officers during the time he is allowed to roam free.
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