A Rhode Island policeman was captured on video kicking a handcuffed woman in the head. He was convicted. He was given a 10-year sentence. Then the judge excused him from any jail time, because he was a policeman.
He is suing the city to get his job back.
He spent zero time in jail. Incredible? Only in America.
A panel will decide whether he should lose his job. The Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights guarantees this.
The city must pay legal fees to conduct this hearing. Also at stake: whether he will get his pension.
He is being defended by the International Brotherhood of Police Officers.
What is the evidence against him? A video.
When did this happen? 2009.
The cop claimed self-defense. The video shows a won sitting on the ground doing nothing. In handcuffs, there is not much anyone can do.
He was convicted of a felony. The case has ben appealed. This could take years.
He has been suspended without pa,y but he still receives health benefits and “other benefits.”
How do citizens defend themselves against policemen who do things this blatant? They usually don’t.
To see the video, click the link.