The deadly officer-involved shooting in Springfield this past Sunday remains under investigation. Now, the city's police commissioner is addressing serious allegations made by family members of the man who was killed after they viewed police body-cam video.

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- The deadly officer-involved shooting in Springfield this past Sunday remains under investigation. Now, the city's police commissioner is addressing serious allegations made by family members of the man who was killed after they viewed police body-cam video.

The family of Orlando Taylor III said Thursday that he was murdered at the hands of Springfield Police. On Friday, we spoke with Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood, who is sticking to her initial comments following the incident, saying the shooting was justifiable.

“Orlando Taylor III…We will have policy with his name on it, that no other African American walking the streets of Springfield...will ever, ever get murdered again,” said Minister Charles Stokes.

On Thursday, emotions ran high for the family of Orlando Taylor III after viewing police body-cam footage from Sunday morning.

“When the grandmother called out ‘Stop, do not kill my grandson,’ the officer didn't stop because he wasn't trained to stop. He didn't know where to call for crisis intervention,” Stokes added.

Stokes spoke on behalf of Orlando’s family and said that the 23-year-old was murdered at the hands of Springfield Police during Sunday’s officer-involved shooting.

The Springfield Police Department has responded to these claims made by the family. Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood told Western Mass News on Friday she is sticking with her initial comments following the incident on Sunday.

“In my eyes, justifiable, how we were trained. Don't want it to end up this way. It's our jobs to protect property, life and limbs and our own lives. He had stabbed the officer once and he was bleeding profusely and we are not trained to give him a second chance,” Clapprood explained.

Clapprood said she is saddened and disappointed about the one-sided narrative being portrayed by Orlando’s family, but is confident the facts will come to light.

“Sometimes, no matter what people see, your emotions and where you are coming from take over and it can block out the facts. The body-worn camera was meant to give you the facts, the truth of the situation, to be transparent, so we build trust,” Clapprood added.

The department is waiting for direction from the Hampden District Attorney's office to release video to the public.

“We have it prepared where we have a clip showing the body cam footage, the Ring video, and the call we went on, the 911 call, the voice, and we can show you all of that and we are prepared to show it to you with the officer’s faces blurred out,” Clapprood said.

A spokesperson from the D.A.’s office told us once the investigation is complete, a public presentation of the findings will be made available. A date for when that will take place has not been announced at this time.

Meanwhile, Springfield City Solicitor Ed Pikula also reached out to the D.A.’s office requesting the video be made public. He said, in part:

“The mayor and commissioner again request that the office of the district attorney release the body-worn camera footage to the public as soon as possible and in accord with local policies and procedures adopted when the body worn camera program was implemented.”

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