Second trial date expected to be set for Providence Sgt. Hanley

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Providence Sgt. Joseph Hanley in court. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A judge is expected to set a second trial date for Providence Police Sgt. Joseph Hanley on Friday.

Hanley was convicted last year for using excessive force during an arrest in 2020. Video evidence showed the 17-year veteran of the force kicking Rashod Gore, who was on the ground in handcuffs.

In court last year, Gore testified and said Hanley knelt on his neck while calling him an “animal” and a “savage.”

Hanley defended his actions against Gore and told a judge, “You use the amount of force necessary to overcome the resistance you’re met with.”

He is now looking to appeal his original ruling, after refusing the latest plea deal by prosecutors that would have spared him jail time.

Hanley’s lawyer Michael Colucci said the earliest trial will most likely be in late fall due to the back-up of trials.

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