Report: Pittsfield man curses, threatens Northampton police

@JackSuntrup
Published: 7/2/2017 5:22:14 PM

NORTHAMTPON — It all started when an officer heard a man yelling obscenities near Lucky’s Tattoo & Piercing on Main Street early Sunday morning.

At 2:10 a.m., the officer approached the man, but the man was having none of it. He called the officer a “Nazi f---,” according to a police report. And he didn’t let up, police said.

So two officers arrested the man, Gary Belleau, 54, of Pittsfield, for disorderly conduct. He did not resist, according to a police report.

But in the police cruiser, Belleau allegedly threatened to assault the officers. He called them Nazis again, called them white supremacists and added a slur used against gay people, police said.

The officers had trouble booking the man because he continued yelling. They put him in a cell, and he covered the surveillance camera with toilet paper, police said.

So they tried to move him to another cell. But he refused, and clenched his fist. Police said if he didn’t move, they would pepper spray him.

“If you spray me, I’ll kill you,” the man said, according to police.

The police sprayed him.

In his new cell, Belleau calmed down enough for officers to book him. They also allowed him to rinse his eyes, police said.

Then they took him to the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction. He continued cursing the officers. At the jail, police said, there was a scuffle and he ended up with a cut on his eye. He was taken to the hospital, where he yelled at hospital staff and officers. He threatened officers again, saying he’d “blow their heads off” with an illegal firearm, police said.

He then said he would use a crossbow, police said.

Belleau faces four charges: two counts of threatening to commit a crime, one count of disorderly conduct (subsequent offense), and one count of disturbing the peace (subsequent offense). The name of the officer who used the pepper spray was not released, but he or she will remain on duty while department supervisors conduct a “response to resistance” review, Detective Jared LaValle said Sunday.

Jack Suntrup can be reached at jsuntrup@gazettenet.com.




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