(WPRI) - TheTarget 12 Investigators have learned the Federal Bureau ofInvestigations has launched an investigation into a policebrutality case caught on tape.
Sources tell Target 12 anagent from the Providence office of the FBI paid a visit to theProvidence Police headquarters Thursday morning to collect evidencein the case.
Lastmonth, 20 year-old Luis Mendonca filed a police brutality claimagainst Providence Police Detective Robert DeCarlo. Mendoncaclaimed he was in handcuffs when DeCarlo struck him with aflashlight and kicked him.
Mendonca’s attorney, Alberto Aponte Cardona, said hisclient’s head had to be stapled back together and he was in acoma for nearly three days at Rhode Island Hospital.
The violent clash on October 20th, was caught on surveillancetape by cameras from a nearby building on Benefit Street.
The Providence Police as well as the U.S. Attorney’soffice would not comment on the developments.
The State Attorney General’s office launched aninvestigation in this case on November 17th. Their probecontinues.
A spokesperson for the FBI said they cannot confirm or deny theinvestigation, but said there are federal laws that address policemisconduct.
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