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RI Officer Charged With Assault On Cuffed Woman

The AP via YellowBrix

December 21, 2009

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Rhode Island police officer was indicted Friday on charges that he kicked a handcuffed woman in the head after removing her from a slot parlor for disorderly conduct, authorities said.

Edward Krawetz, 40, has been suspended without pay from the Lincoln Police Department and also faces administrative charges, said Lincoln police Capt. Raymond Bousquet.

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Krawetz was working in uniform at the Twin River gambling parlor just north of Providence on May 31 when he escorted out a woman in handcuffs after other patrons complained about her unruly behavior, said Rhode Island State Police spokesman Capt. David Neill.

A video of the incident shows Krawetz kicking the woman in the side of the head after she apparently tried to kick him, said Michael Healey, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office.

Healey said the alleged assault occurred as the woman was cuffed with her hands behind her back waiting on a curb for a patrol car to take her to the police station for booking.

The woman, whose name has not been released, later pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct and has no memory of what happened that night, Healey said.

A Providence County grand jury indictment handed up Friday charges Krawetz with assault with a dangerous weapon.

A telephone listing for Krawetz could not immediately be found and it was not immediately known if he has an attorney. Gary Gentile, a Rhode Island lawyer for the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, declined to comment Friday on the allegations or about whether he would be representing Krawetz.

Krawetz, who has been a Lincoln police officer for 12 1/2 years, is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 6 in Providence Superior Court.

A Twin River spokeswoman referred all questions to the police department.

Krawetz is the second Rhode Island officer to be charged in an alleged beating in the past two weeks.

A Woonsocket police officer was indicted last week on civil rights abuses for allegedly beating a 16-year-old boy and urging fellow officers to lie about it to the FBI. The FBI is investigating a separate alleged beating of a suspect by Providence police officers in October.

It’s not the first time Krawetz has faced allegations of excessive force. He was accused of striking a teenage boy and damaging his two front teeth during an on-duty scuffle in 2001. The boy’s lawyer, S. Joshua Macktaz, said they reached a settlement out of court for an undisclosed sum.


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    LonnieSr

    over 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    Where is the video? I can't pass judgment on this Officer without seeing the evidence. Could have been an accident and a reaction to her kicking at him.

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    Ahi

    over 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    Can't understand why an officer would do that, it's a unfortunate misrepresentation of officers.

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    granny1

    over 4 years ago

    1448 Comments

    this man does not deserve a badge.

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    rosdubh

    over 4 years ago

    66 Comments

    Kind of a dick move on his part...

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    GMEN48

    over 4 years ago

    16 Comments

    officer's like that needs to be reevaluated to find out what was his child hood like. THIS IS HIS SECOND TIME GETTING IN TROUBLE I THINK IT'S TIME TO TAKE HIM OFF THE STREETS OR OFF THE FORCE

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    JP503

    over 4 years ago

    7616 Comments

    WTH

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    MIKE344

    over 4 years ago

    328 Comments

    THE CAMERA NEVER LIE'S,STUPID MOVE,HE DESERVES WHAT HE GETS

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    rhood

    over 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Videos don't lie, take his badge and send him to prison.

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    mjones0089

    over 4 years ago

    408 Comments

    Opps

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    skascooter007

    over 4 years ago

    2010 Comments

    Boooo

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    Robocop33

    over 4 years ago

    14642 Comments

    Not good and I cannot understand why and officer would kick a handcuffed subject in the head. DO NOT DISGRACE THE UNIFORM!

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    Gombino

    over 4 years ago

    2658 Comments

    This is just stupid.

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