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Ashland Police examining procedures in wake of shooting

Posted by John Swinconeck  July 23, 2013 10:45 AM

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In the wake of a deadly police shooting July 2 , Ashland Police will be reviewing their rules, policies, and procedures, according to a Ashland Statement2.PDF issued Monday by Ashland Selectmen and Town Manager Anthony Schiavi.

According to the statement, an internal police review “will determine whether any changes or modifications to existing rules, policies and procedures are warranted and appropriate.”

Andrew Stigliano, 27, was shot to death inside a house at 13 Metropolitan Ave. after he allegedly threatened Ashland police with a shotgun. Police were attempting to arrest Stigliano on a warrant.

Members of the Ashland Citizens Awareness Committee complained last week about the lack of acknowledgement from Schiavi and selectmen about the incident, and questioned whether the fatality could have been avoided.

In their statement on Monday, Schiavi and selectmen reiterated that they could not, for legal reasons, comment on the investigation now underway by State Police and the Middlesex District Attorney’s office, for fear of clouding “the proper investigation being rightfully conducted by others.”

However, they “understand that any loss of life is tragic and that many people are affected as a result” including “family, police, first responders and the community … .”

The statement concluded: “We want to emphasize to the Ashland community that their public safety is in good hands and the professional men and women of their police department are there for them, should they need [police] services.”

CAC founder (cq) Margot Ellsworth (cq) said the statement was too little, too late.

“There’s nothing to respond to,” Ellsworth said.

Stigliano’s attorney and CAC supporter Joseph Hennessey (cq) echoed Ellsworth’s remarks.

“it shouldn’t have taken this long to get any response, and is it shouldn’t have taken any prodding from this or any other organization,” Hennessey said.

Hennessey said police officers acted “inappropriately” and “improperly” in the events leading up to the shooting.

“It’s sad,” Hennessey said, regardless of whether police review or rewrite their regulations. “It’s sad that this had to occur.”

Contact John Swinconeck at johnswinc@gmail.com. Follow @johnswinc on Twitter.

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