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Nassau Cop Charged in Beating Caught on Tape

Vincent LoGiudice officially charged with felony assault for incident that has divided the community.

A Nassau County Police officer faces charges after he allegedly beat a Westbury man during an arrest, according to the Nassau County District Attorney's office. 

Vincent LoGiudice was charged with two counts of second-degree assault and one count of third-degree assault after a grand jury indictment was unsealed Tuesday.

LoGiudice pleaded not guilty to the charges which, if he is found guilty, could send him to prison for seven years.

LoGiudice's actions were called into question after he and his partner, officer Basil Gomez, arrested Kyle Howell during a traffic stop.

Howell, 20, of Westbury, was reportedly pulled over by LoGiudice and Gomez on April 25 because of a cracked windshield.

“They came out of the car, I gave them my information, they opened up the door and my paycheck started to fly out the door,” he said, according to CBS New York. “I went to go reach and the next thing you know, I got a knee to the face. And then the next thing I remember, I was in the hospital.”

Meanwhile, the officers claimed they had to use force after Howell tried to eat marijuana he had in his possession, CBS reported.

Days later, video surveillance from a nearby store surfaced and reportedly captured the entire incident.

The charges Howell faced after his arrest were dismissed weeks ago.

While friends and family have rallied behind Howell to call for an investigation, police unions are standing behind LoGiudice.

"This was done without ever speaking to my police officers to find out their side of the story," James Carver, the head of the police union, said of clearing Howell's charges, reported WABC. "It's apparent that they're on a mission just to prosecute these two police officers."

"The charges the grand jury has returned represent serious allegations that will be prosecuted aggressively by my office," Nassau DA Kathleen Rice said in a statement. "Our community, the victim, the police department, and Officer LoGuidice deserve a full and impartial opportunity to seek justice in this case."

Hundreds of officers and supporters of LoGiudice gathered in the Nassau County Courthouse during Tuesday's proceedings, according to WABC.

LoGiudice is due back in court on July 2.

joe thrapp June 06, 2014 at 12:39 PM
The PO will be tried found guilty on a Class 3 assault felony. He will serve no time because of his spectacularly clean arrest record. His real punishment will be no pension because he has 7 years on the job. He will loss his job because he will be a felon. The NCPD has a zero tolerance for PO's who exceed their authority. The reason for this is the NCPD do not want the evidence against an alleged criminal to be compromised. If this PO did not exceed his authority and if every thing the PO said is true then Mr. Howell would be facing a trial instead of the PO. Very simple catch the criminal, book him and set a court date. Ask any PO in a supervisory position and ask them if this PO should be removed from the job? This is true for any human arrested in the US. The legal system is neither liberal or conservative it is human being neutral. The legal system works regardless if GW or Barak appointed the judge. The decision to judge and convict is done by human beings sitting side by side together. The jury could have Jane L and Dante siting and working together in judgement of this alleged criminal
Patch adams June 07, 2014 at 07:50 PM
Lol, look at the tape u fascist fools, the punk cop overreacted and you fools show your ignorance even when the fascist cop is busted cold you still defend him , not once do the police admit a mistake, even when they are hitmen for the mob or plotting to eat people, they gave no credibility .
Al Fischer June 08, 2014 at 06:02 AM
Very happy to have this bad cop out of a great police department Nassau county police are the best in the country and second is NYC this bad cop beat down on a young man & then tried to cover his tracks this is not the way to handle your self at all I can only hope this police will remove some more bad cops in the future as this will be a highlighted case I want this guy in jail .....................

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