As reported by Maria Armental in the January 23, 2012 edition of the Providence Journal, a Lincoln police officer has been found guilty after trial of felony assault. The officer was found guilty of felony assault with a dangerous weapon, his foot. The charge arose due to an incident in 2009 involving the arrest of an intoxicated woman.
Pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws 11-5-2, felony assault is defined as:
(a) Every person who shall make an assault or battery, or both, with a dangerous weapon, or with acid or other dangerous substance, or by fire, or an assault or battery which results in serious bodily injury, shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than twenty (20) years.
(b) Where the provisions of "The Domestic Violence Prevention Act", chapter 29 of title 12, are applicable, the penalties for violation of this section shall also include the penalties as provided in § 12-29-5.
(c) "Serious bodily injury" means physical injury that:
(1) Creates a substantial risk of death;
(2) Causes protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily part, member or organ; or
(3) Causes serious permanent disfigurement or circumcises, excises or infibulates the whole or any part of the labia majora or labia minora or clitoris of a person.
The officer could face up to twenty (20) years imprisonment when he is sentenced in March.
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