- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

CUMBERLAND, R.I. (AP) - The Cumberland Police Department has reached a $2.5 million settlement with a woman whose leg was severely injured when officers took her to the ground during an arrest.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1BrRZTG ) that court records show officers Shanna D. Loveless and Jason A. Stacki responded April 13, 2010, to the apartment Ruth Upchurch shared with her then-boyfriend, Curtis Ward, on a domestic dispute call.

Upchurch asked that she not be handcuffed in front of her two children. Court records show Loveless agreed, but moved to apply the handcuffs outside the car and in view of the children.

Stacki and Loveless tackled Upchurch when she moved away from them and wrestled her to the ground, seriously injuring her leg. She underwent surgery.

Upchurch pleaded no contest to vandalism and received a year of probation.

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


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