Cecilia DowdJan 30, 2018, 5:53 pmJan 30, 2018, 9:26 pm

Alleged victim in police assault case says he regrets his actions

The second brother involved in violent encounter with Rockville Centre police officer testifies


MINEOLA — The trial for Rockville Centre Police Officer Anthony Federico continued Tuesday with testimony from Brendan Kavanagh, the second witness in the assault case.

On Monday, the court heard from his older brother Kevin who was also involved in a physical altercation with the officer. He said he had no recollection of the incident except that he was flipped and woke up bleeding at the back of a police vehicle.

The prosecution argues excessive force on Federico's part after Kevin Kavanagh wound up with staples in his head. The defense says any force on his part was justified and says a punch was thrown at Federico.

During Brendan’s testimony, he said he thought Officer Federico was going to seriously hurt his brother. He described being nervous and scared. He also described being tased and how painful it was. Brendan, who was underage at the time of the incident, admitted to being drunk and admitted to throwing a kick at Officer Federico. When asked if he regretted his actions, he said yes. He also agreed with the defense that his regret didn't stop him from filing a $5 million lawsuit with his brother.

Initially, the Kavanagh brothers were charged in connection with this incident but charges against them have since been dismissed

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