PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A probationary officer has resigned from the East Greenwich Police Department as he faces domestic violence charges.
According to East Greenwich Police Chief Stephen Brown, Mark Edmonds Jr. resigned over the phone on Tuesday and the department got his official letter of resignation on Thursday.
Brown said Edmonds had been with the department since April 1. The chief offered no further comment on the matter.
Edmonds, 25, was arraigned on the charges Thursday morning and released on $10,000 personal recognizance per complaint, of which there were three.
His duty and off-duty weapons were both taken away, and he was ordered to have no contact with the victim.
Edmonds is accused of physically and emotionally abusing a woman for more than a year.
According to the police report filed in Pawtucket, the victim said she didn’t report any of the incidents because Edmonds “…informed her that he is in law enforcement and that he can have ‘his people’ make her life hell.”
In the report, the victim told police the first incident occurred outside a Providence bar in 2018. She said Edmonds choked her during an argument in his car.
Two other incidents took place while she was pregnant, according to the report. In one case, police say “…Edmonds placed his knee applying pressure to her stomach. He then grabbed her face and pressed it down onto the pillow.”
The victim also reported that Edmonds pushed her to the ground while she was pregnant.
“[The victim] explained that on a consistent, almost weekly basis, Edmonds will grab his firearm while it’s loaded and holds it to his own head threatening to kill himself if [the victim] leaves him or tells anyone what he does to her,” the police report states.
Edmonds was arrested after an incident over the weekend in which the victim threatened to leave him, according to the report. He allegedly choked her and prevented her from calling 911.
Following the incident, the victim reported the alleged abuse with the Pawtucket Police Department and Edmonds was placed on paid administrative leave.
The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence released a statement following Edmonds’ court appearance.
“We are relieved that the Pawtucket Police Department acted promptly in this case,” Executive Director Tonya Harris wrote. “Police departments in Rhode Island must take domestic violence allegations seriously, hold officers accountable, and act with urgency to keep victims safe. It takes extreme courage to report a domestic violence incident, particularly when the abuser is a police officer.”