Greenfield police officer charged with misconduct in public office
GREENFIELD -- A Greenfield police officer is charged with misconduct in public office after allegedly throwing a woman into her holding cell.
According to the criminal complaint, Amanda Luke was arrested for driving under the influence and fleeing on July 27th. The complaint says Greenfield Police Officer Thomas Roszak removed Luke from her holding cell for purposes related to the arrest and booking process.
The complaint says Luke demanded to make her phone call, and told Officer Roszak, "I f---ing hate you!" Officer Roszak picked up Luke by her torso, causing her feet to lift from the floor. He carried her to her holding cell and threw her in to the cell.
Luke's body hit a steel stool affixed to the floor of the cell. After throwing her back into her holding cell, the complaint says Officer Roszak called Luke a "F---ingB---" just before closing the cell door. Officer Roszak did not check Luke's condition. She suffered numerous bruises across her body.
Surveillance cameras in the police station captured audio and video evidence of this incident. Expert who spoke with investigators say Officer Roszak's use of force exceeds the reasonable use of force under the circumstances.
The Greenfield Police Department has placed Roszack on paid leave as required by law. If convicted, Roszak will face up to 3.5 years in prison.