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Police Officer Intentionally Run Over At Holyoke Mall, Judge Releases Suspect On His Own Recognizance

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Police officer intentionally run over at Holyoke Mall, Judge releases suspect on his own recognizance


Western Mass NewsHOLYOKE, 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. 

Police Chief Neiswanger is not pleased with the decision so he held a press conference today at 2 p.m.  Click here to watch that press conference. 

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:

Western Mass News – WGGB/WSHM


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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15 Comment(s)
  • aDdm
    June 15, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    I have a sneaking suspicion that this judge is probably a big Black Lives Matter supporter.

  • S.R.R
    June 15, 2017 at 10:49 am

    This is an enormous miscarriage of justice that sends a message to every pshyco that it’s fine to physically harm and totally disregard the authority of our police officers, Officers that risk their lives on a daily basis to protect and serve and this Brain dead piece of corruption judge Rota should have just said that to every criminal in Massachusetts but actions speak louder than words and by releasing this Simpsons Sideshow Bob looking ass wipe aka Charles Moran, Judge Rota did just That! No big surprise that Rota was put on the bench by Duval Patrick Rota is just a little rotten fish created by much by much larger fish like Obama, Pelosi, Warren, Lynch the list is long they are the same people responsible for BLM and all of the death and destruction caused by them, despicable people with an agenda of chaos and division! The bright light in all of this is police Chief Neiswanger who made it clear he was not going to stand by and allow the lives of his officers to be threatened. The Chief has the right idea He spoke out about Rota and his lack of common sense as well as Rota’s lack of concern for public safety and the safety of those who protect the public! Every one need’s too bombard governor Bakers office and demand Rota be removed from the bench!!

  • The Executioner for Governor
    June 15, 2017 at 10:20 am

    This entitled punk is driving a Mercedes? I have busted my ass my whole life and never got past a new pickup truck when they were still under 10k…meaning a longtime ago. I once again need to step to the pulpit and preach to the choir…JUDGES NEED TO BE ELECTED, NOT SELECTED. They need to run for reelection, not have lifelong appointments to the bench. This State is so ass backwards it opens itself up to these miscarriages of justice. Also, a gallows pole on every town common, along with some stocks, would be helpful to curb criminal behavior while providing some local entertainment. Again, I propose a lotto where the weekly winner pulls the drop lever…reduced crime, less gangs and thugs, reduced tax costs for holding prisoners. It’s time. Maybe a little Soylent Green can help with reducing costs as well.

  • Where am I
    June 15, 2017 at 8:45 am

    He looks like one of those weirdo people in that Soundgarden video Black Hole Sun. Chris Cornell sucked. He’s better off dead. Curt Cobain too. Nirvana was horrible. Who even liked them? Are you deaf? I remember seeing Smells Like Teen Spirit and thinking “I hope this guy dies because I can’t take a lifetime of this music” and low and behold, a few short years later, my prayers were answered. I wonder what I should have for breakfast? I’m hungry. I might have a snickers somewhere around here. Does anyone else wish Howard Stern would retire already? He’s not funny anymore and he turned in to the exact person he got famous for making fun of. He’s a cliché now. A hypocrite. A rich one but a hypocrite nonetheless. The best Stern period was when Billy west was on the show. The Jackie Puppet? OMG hilarious. Now all he talks about is hanging out with Matt Lauer and kissing famous peoples asses. Turtleboy you better never sell out like that.

    • True Reality Speaks
      Mirror Mirror
      June 15, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Howard Stern always sucked – unless you were an adolescent boy or just acted like one. Kinda like Barstool.

      • Fuck Mirror Mirror
        June 15, 2017 at 3:22 pm

        Well I was at one point an adolescent boy so I don’t know what to tell you. People that thought he sucked back then are the same retards with sticks up their asses who get offended by every little thing. Now you have a name….Snowflake.

  • Alec Xee
    June 15, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Man, this blog sucks.

    Remember when you were digging into Worcester government? And claiming that you scooped the T&G on interesting stories?

    Did you scoop the T&G on this story?

    How’s the Facebook lawsuit going? Remember you said it was open and shut and whatnot?

    • Kevins 9 Iron
      Kevi bashed in my skull
      June 15, 2017 at 10:43 am

      hopefully you’ll finally stop reading it and go away. oh wait, that’s what someone who really didn’t secretly like this blog would do. But please GO THE FUCK AWAY.

  • Sperm Donor
    June 15, 2017 at 8:34 am

    I’m all for letting the scum kill one another off.

  • Vote Morse Out
    June 15, 2017 at 7:06 am

    If you live in a community where city councilors go to BLM rallies and chant Fuck the Police, as happened in Holyoke, this becomes par for the course. Holyoke needs a huge change a huge change and wake up call.

  • Independent Thinker
    June 15, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Should have shot the bum.

  • BobnMic
    June 15, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Amy – because there are still plenty of good/great people still out there worthy of the effort. I would say that most people are worthy of the effort Cops give. But I see what you are saying. Cops see it too trust me.

  • Amy
    June 15, 2017 at 4:25 am

    Typical of Rota, imagine living in the area where he is on the bench regularly..don’t know why our cops even bother trying to do their jobs

  • Sterling Turtle Rider
    June 15, 2017 at 3:54 am

    If his eyes were any closer together, he’d be a cyclops.

    • The Executioner for Governor
      June 15, 2017 at 10:22 am

      Looks like he swallowed one too many oxys. What an asshat.

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