SPRINGFIELD – Melvin Jones III, the Springfield resident who was allegedly beaten with a flashlight by Springfield police during a November arrest and became the center of an ongoing brutality complaint against the department, was treated for a stab wound to the left forearm Thursday morning at Baystate Medical Center, police said. Jones and an unidentifield man who was with him at the hospital each declined to speak to police about his injuries or who stabbed him, said Sgt. John M. Delaney, aide to Police Commissioner William J. Fitchet. Police were dispatched to Baystate Emergency Department at about 5 a.m. for a report of a patient with stab wounds. When officers arrived and sought to talk to Jones, he became uncooperative, Delaney said. Neither Jones nor the man who was with him would say what happened. All Jones would say is he was stabbed “during a misunderstanding,” Delaney said. Delaney said the incident remains under investigation. Jones was arrested by police on drug charges on Rifle Street on Nov. 27. Melvin Jones III The arrest sparked outrage in the city when The Republican and Masslive.com on Jan. 7 published an amateur video of the arrest that showed Jones being struck several times with a flashlight by officer Jeffrey M. Asher as other officers fought with Jones to place him in custody. According to the police report, Asher hit Jones to distract him after Jones grabbed one of the officer’s gun. Jones suffered fractures to the bones in his face that needed reconstructive surgery. He also sustained a broken finger that required two pins and is now partially blind in one eye. Jones, 28, has pleaded innocent to drug and other charges, including assault and battery on a police officer. He is scheduled to appear in court for those charges on Sept. 21 for a pre-trial conference. Since the video surfaced, the city created a new police oversight board, and Asher and three other officers involved in the arrest were the subjects of both criminal and departmental investigations for the incident. Asher remains on leave pending a department disciplinary hearing, Delaney said. Melvin Jones III, center of brutality complaint against Springfield police, treated for minor stab injury | masslive.com Hey Melvin, glad to see you've learned your lesson on grabbing guns. If you're a worker, you've undoubtedly been on the other end of one of these frivolous complaints. If you haven't yet, you will be, it's just the nature of these litigious beasts. The first few on the comment section are actually quite entertaining.