- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A New York judge has declined to dismiss charges against a police officer accused of assaulting a driver in an incident captured on a store surveillance camera.

Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/1GqEJ6Q ) says supervising Nassau County Judge Christopher Quinn ruled Monday that grand jury evidence against Vincent LoGiudice (loh-joo-DEES’) is “legally sufficient” for an indictment.

LoGiudice pleaded not guilty in June to three assault counts.

Prosecutors say he punched and kicked a 21-year-old motorist during an April traffic stop. Authorities dropped the initial assault, resisting arrest and drug charges against the driver, Kyle Howell.

Police said Howell tried to eat a bag of marijuana and a violent struggle ensued.

Howell’s attorney claims the incident was racially motivated. Howell is black; the officer is white.

LoGuidice’s attorney denies those accusations.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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