Springfield Police Department Releases Video of Officer Fight

Rosario is charged with two counts of battery and one count of official misconduct, a felony. (WRSP)

The Springfield Police Department released video Monday of a fight that lead to officer Samuel Rosario being charged with a felony.

In late February, the Springfield Police Department said two officers to responded to a domestic disturbance. Police said a teenage girl hit her mother and broke a table.

Officer Rosario tells the woman he thinks her daughter will face criminal damage charges, but a 19-year-old man standing near the scene told Rosario the girl should face more severe charges.

"Criminal damage? That's domestic," the man said. " She's at least getting two charges."

Rosario responds to the complaints.

"Did you go to law school? Did you go to police officer school? Do you have a badge? Did you go to the academy? So do you know the charges or no?

As Rosario's partner searches for the teenage girl that ran away, the conversation continues.

Police said Rosario starts to tune the man out and ask the woman for information on the original call, but he eventually turns back.

Rosario's body camera falls off during the fight, which is also captured on the camera of his partner, who had just returned to the scene.

Chief Kenny Winslow said he can't talk about specifics of the pending legal case. He did say officers are trained to ignore people antagonizing them.

"What we expect from our officers is extreme patience," Winslow said. "Restraint; There's a certain amount of this type of action that officers endure every day. And with that, you have to be able to have self-control."

Winslow said Rosario's partner immediately reported the incident.

"The backup officer did the right thing. He reported it to his supervisor. That started the chain of events that led to a formal inquiry conducted by myself and the rest of my staff."

SPD turned the footage over to state police, who arrested Rosario the next morning.

Winslow says Rosario's actions do not represent his department.

"The video is disturbing," Winslow said. "The officer's actions. We're taking this very seriously. The video is not indicative of the hard work of the men and women at the Springfield Police Department. It's not how we're trained to handle certain incidents."

Rosario is charged with two counts of battery and one count of official misconduct, a felony. He has been on unpaid administrative leave since the incident

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