Who knew what and when? Those are just some of the answers Chicopee city councilors are hoping to learn by asking Attorney General Martha Coakley to investigate leaked crime scene images of Amanda Plasse.
"I think it's been very misleading to the public - the mayor says one statement and the next day he says something else," said Chicopee City Councilor John Vieau.
Some members of the council want the attorney general to investigate two things: the photos that were taken and how the situation was handled by the city's mayor.
Plasse was murdered in August of 2011.
In June of this year, Mayor Michael Bissonnette revealed that city police officers took photographs of Plasse's body at the crime scene and shared them.
Since that time, an outside investigator has been hired to review 40 plus cases at the department including that case.
But, recent information reveals that Bissonnette may have known about the photographs well before he told the public.
A letter from District Attorney Mark Mastroianni to the mayor obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by CBS 3 dated Oct of 2012 references the photographs. It cites Mastroianni got the information from the mayor asking him to investigate in September.
Vieau also has paperwork that he says reveals that in April Bissonnette was sent a letter from the former police chief notifying him that punishment had been given to the officer who took the photographs.
"We just want transparency in government we want to eliminate the distraction so that this investigation can move forward," said Vieau.
Bissonnette says he has no problem with the attorney general investigating.
"Let me just say this - if the attorney general or anybody else wants to look at the documents, they are more than welcome to. I think the public should read the letter that Chief John Ferraro sent in April and if they can find the words 'Amanda Plasse', 'murder' or 'photographs' in any of those letters then they can legitimately say that the mayor knew in April. Six weeks later we did find out," said Bissonnette.
Bissonnette also says the focus is on the wrong issue. He says officials should be focusing on finding Plasse's killer.
Vieau says he has majority support from the council to call for the investigation.
A formal vote on the matter will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15.
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