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Massachusetts Officer Indicted for Assault on Handcuffed Suspect

August 04, 2015  | 

A decorated Chelsea, Mass., police officer and Iraq War veteran was recorded in 2014 punching a handcuffed man four times and yelling expletives while standing over him, Suffolk prosecutors said in court Tuesday.

The police officer, Felix Rivera Jr., 34, also concocted a false story to justify beating the man and attempted to bring unwarranted charges against the victim, prosecutors said in Suffolk District Court. But Rivera’s falsified report was discredited after video evidence and testimony from 12 other police officers contradicted his narrative, prosecutors told the Boston Globe.

Rivera was arraigned Tuesday on charges of violating the man’s civil rights, assault and battery, and filing a false police report.

The suspect has only been identified as a 20-year-old Chelsea man with no prior criminal history.

Rivera pleaded not guilty to all charges and was released; a trial date was set for April 5, 2016. He has been on unpaid administrative leave from the Chelsea Police Department throughout the investigation.


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kevCopAz @ 8/4/2015 6:49 PM

Sounds like a good officer who "lost it" for whatever reason. I thank him for his military service and for stepping up to police his homeland, but IF he did what he apparently did, and apparently without any reason that would justify it...then he deserves to be prosecuted and jailed. Sad but true,. We need to enforce the law on EVERYONE if the facts prove the case, cop or not.

Jon Retired LEO @ 8/4/2015 7:48 PM

Will wait for the investigation to be completed on this one.

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