CIVIL RIGHTS TEAM CASES & INVESTIGATIONS


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.


Case/incident Date of incident Status Law enforcement agency involved Description of incident Reports/records
State v. Joseph Hanley (61-2020-04072) 4/19/2020 Found guilty in District Court on 3/18/2021. Defendant appealed to Superior Court. Providence Police Department 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. State's pretrial memo; Order denying motion to dismiss;
State v. Andrew Leonard (31-2020-03182) 3/5/2020 Trial date scheduled for 5/4/2021 Cranston Police Department 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. Criminal Complaint
Investigation into Providence moped crash (operator: Jhamal Gonsalves) 10/18/2020 No criminal charges filed Providence Police Department Motor vehicle crash in Providence involving the Providence Police Department and Jhamal Gonsalves on October 18, 2020. Investigative report and records
Investigation into firearm discharge 11/9/2019 No criminal charges filed Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Law Enforcement Investigation into an incident involving the discharge of a firearm by a police officer at the Big River Management Area in West Greenwich. Investigative report

Hate crimes cases and investigations

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


Case/incident Date of incident Status City/town of incident Description of incident Reports/records
State v. Richard Gordon (P3-2021-0533A) 8/3/2020 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. Barrington Richard Gordon was charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct following an altercation with a neighbor on August 3, 2020 in Barrington. Criminal Complaint; Sentencing enhancement; Notice of Appeal to Superior Court
State v. Christine Longo (41-2020-01128) 6/14/2020 Ongoing prosecution Narragansett Christine Longo was charged with disorderly conduct following an altercation with patrons at a restaurant on June 14, 2020 in Narragansett. Sentencing enhancement
State v. Joseph Francis (K2-2021-0134A) 7/12/2020 Defendant arraigned in Superior Court on 3/26/2021. State filed sentencing enhancement on 3/26/2021. East Greenwich Joseph Francis was charged with felony and misdemeanor counts following an alleged road rage incident on July 12, 2020 in East Greenwich. Criminal Information; Sentencing enhancement

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