CIVIL RIGHTS TEAM CASES & INVESTIGATIONS

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Police use of force cases and investigations

Below is a list of police use of force incidents investigated by the Civil Rights Team using our joint investigation model. This Office investigates police use of deadly force or allegations of excessive force by the police to determine whether the force used was reasonable under the constitution of the United States and the State of Rhode Island and whether it constitutes criminal conduct. We do not determine whether the use of force conformed with departmental use of force policies. Those determinations are made by the individual police departments.

Investigation into Providence moped crash (operator: Jhamal Gonsalves)

Date of incident
10/18/2020

Status
No criminal charges filed

Law enforcement agency involved
Providence Police Department

Description of incident
Motor vehicle crash in Providence involving the Providence Police Department and Jhamal Gonsalves on October 18, 2020.

Reports/records
Investigative report and records

 

Investigation into firearm discharge

Date of incident
11/9/2019

Status
No criminal charges filed

Law enforcement agency involved
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Law Enforcement

Description of incident
Investigation into an incident involving the discharge of a firearm by a
police officer at the Big River Management Area in West Greenwich.

Reports/records
Investigative report

 

Death Investigation of Justynian Missiuro

Date of incident
March 28-29, 2020

Status
No criminal charges filed

Law enforcement agency involved
Providence Police Department

Description of incident
Investigation into the death of a suspect who was being held in the
Providence Police cellblock on March 28-29, 2020.

Reports/records
Investigative report

 

State v. Andrew Leonard (31-2020-03182)

Date of incident
3/5/2020

Status
Trial datecheduled for 5/4/2021

Law enforcement agency involved
Cranston Police Department

Description of incident 
Officer Andrew Leonard was charged with one count of simple assault based on his alleged use of excessive force against an individual on March 5, 2020 in Cranston.

Reports/records
Criminal Complaint

State v. Joseph Hanley (61-2020-04072)

Date of incident
4/19/2020

Status
Found guilty in District Court on 3/18/2021. Defendant appealed to Superior Court.

Law enforcement agency involved
Providence Police Department

Description of incident
Sgt. Joseph Hanley was charged with one count of simple assault based on his alleged use of excessive force against Mr. Rishod Gore on April 19, 2020 in Providence.

Reports/records
State's pretrial memo
Order denying motion to dismiss

Hate crimes cases and investigations

Below is a list of cases in which our Office filed a hate crimes sentencing enhancement.

State v. Richard Gordon (P3-2021-0533A)

Date of incident
8/3/2020

Status
Found guilty in District Court on 3/3/2021. Defendant appealed to Superior Court on 2/16/2021. State refiled hate crimes sentencing enhancement on 3/2/2021.

City/town of incident
Barrington

Description of incident
Richard Gordon was charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct following an altercation with a neighbor on August 3, 2020 in Barrington.

Reports/records
Criminal Complaint
Notice of Appeal to Superior Court

State v. Christine Longo (41-2020-01128)

Date of incident
6/14/2020

Status
Ongoing prosecution

City/town of incident
Narragansett

Description of incident
Christine Longo was charged with disorderly conduct following an altercation with patrons at a restaurant on June 14, 2020 in Narragansett.

Reports/records
Sentencing enhancement

State v. Joseph Francis (K2-2021-0134A)

Date of incident
7/12/2020

Status
Defendant arraigned in Superior Court on 3/26/2021. State filed sentencing enhancement on 3/26/2021.

City/town of incident
East Greenwich

Description of incident
Joseph Francis was charged with felony and misdemeanor counts following an alleged road rage incident on July 12, 2020 in East Greenwich.

Reports/records
Criminal Information
Sentencing enhancement