Cecilia DowdFeb 6, 2018, 4:19 pmFeb 6, 2018, 9:26 pm

Rockville Centre officer cleared of assault in arrest outside bar

Prosecutors argued that Officer Anthony Federico used excessive force during a 2016 incident outside of a bar

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MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A police officer has been acquitted of assault and other charges during a violent arrest outside a Long Island bar. His lawyer said Rockville Centre Officer Anthony Federico was merely defending himself against an unruly mob.

A Nassau County state Supreme Court judge cleared Federico Tuesday of all charges. His lawyer, William Petrillo, says everything Federico did "was reasonable and responsive to the attack" he faced.
Federico was dispatched in May 2016 to a brawl outside a bar.

Prosecutors said Federico used excessive force by hitting then 25-year-old Kevin Kavanagh in the head with his stun gun while Kavanagh was on the ground, then filed false paperwork about the head injury.

Petrillo said Kavanagh had hit Federico in the face and later grabbed the officer in a headlock.

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