- Associated Press - Friday, February 21, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence police officials have suspended an officer for a year without pay after he admitted hitting and kicking a handcuffed man.

Eight-year veteran Officer Richard Ramirez recently was disciplined for the incident last July. He had been suspended with pay pending an investigation.

Ramirez admitted striking 22-year-old Jose Moreno, who was arrested after eluding police for several hours while racing around the city on an off-road motorcycle. Ramirez wrote in a report that he slapped Moreno in the head and kicked him, after Moreno used profanity and spat on Ramirez.

Federal and state prosecutors declined to charge Ramirez, who was found to have violated police department rules.

Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare told The Providence Journal (http://bit.ly/1mh3Pen ) that Ramirez’s punishment is severe, but his rules violation also was severe.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com