In the wake of a Woonsocket police officer arraigned and arrested by the FBI for allegedly brutalizing a 16 year old boy and a videotape showing a Providence police officer striking a handcuffed suspect, the Associated Press reports that a Lincoln police officer has been charged by the RI State Police with assault with a deadly weapon.
The department says the alleged assault occurred May 31 while the officer, identified as Edward Krawetz, was working a uniformed police detail.
The department says it did its own internal investigation and forwarded it to the Rhode Island State Police for a criminal probe.
Capt. Raymond Bousquet says Krawetz has been with the department for 12 1/2 years.
More from the AP via the Journal blog:
A Rhode Island police officer has been charged with assaulting a woman after she was taken out of a slot parlor for being disorderly, authorities said Friday.
Officer Edward Krawetz has been suspended without pay and faces administrative charges as well, Lincoln police Capt. Raymond Bousquet said.
A person with knowledge of the May 31 incident tells The Associated Press a videotape shows Krawetz kicking the handcuffed woman in the head as the two waited outside for a patrol car to arrive. The person is not authorized to publicly discuss the case and spoke on condition of anonymity.