The official motto of the Pittsfield Massachusetts Police Department is:
“Dedicated to Excellence”
A civil suit was recently settled with the Simonetta family after five Pittsfield police officers stormed their home and wreaked havoc. They smashed down the door, placed Joseph Simonetta in a choke-hold, sprayed him in the face with pepper spray, delivered a series of “knee-strikes” to Debra’s groin, and slammed their daughter Joline to the ground and dragged her by her shackled arms and drew their weapons on her, with one going so far as to point their weapon in her face.
One would think the Simonettas were violent criminals; heavily armed and extremely dangerous. Not even close. Joseph and Debra merely refused to relinquish custody of their granddaughter when Department of Children and Families workers arrived unannounced, without a copy of the court order that allegedly authorized them to remove the child.
Apparently, the beating wasn’t enough. The Simonettas were hauled away and charged with various crimes, including disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer. The charges were dismissed, according to court records.
Perhaps a more appropriate motto for the department would be:
“Dedicated to Insolence”