- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A federal judge is allowing a police brutality lawsuit to move forward against the city of Providence, multiple Providence police officers and two public safety officers at the Rhode Island School of Design.

U.S. District Judge William Smith on Tuesday ruled that Luis Mendonca (men-DON’-kah) can pursue claims of malicious prosecution, assault, false imprisonment and other counts after he was beaten in 2009 while in handcuffs and left in a coma.

The beating by former Providence police Det. Robert DeCarlo was caught on video. The lawsuit singles out DeCarlo for allegedly violating Mendonca’s civil rights and assault and battery.

Smith says eight total counts may proceed to trial.

DeCarlo was convicted in 2011 of assault but that was later overturned. He ultimately pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and resigned.



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