Trial set to begin for former Fall River police officer accused of using excessive force

This is a file image of Michael Pessoa. (WLNE)

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) — The trial is scheduled to begin Monday for a former Fall River police officer who is accused of using excessive force.

The Fall River Police Department fired 43-year-old Michael Pessoa on Jan. 12 because he violated the department’s rules and regulations.

“The hearing officer found substantial evidence that Mr. Pessoa had engaged in egregious violations of Police Department Rules and Regulations and that termination was warranted,” said Police Chief Paul Gauvin.

Police said that Pessoa was indicted on 15 separate charges back in 2019.

He now faces multiple charges, including one count of aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, four counts of civil rights violation with bodily injury, and three counts of intimidation of a witness (misleading), and three counts of filing a false report by a public officer.

The victims in at least three of the four cases were injured to the point of hospitalization.

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