MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island police officer has pleaded not guilty to charges he beat a man during a traffic stop recorded on video.
Nassau County Officer Vincent LoGiudice faces three counts of assault, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday.
Hundreds of police officers and supporters clapped and cheered as LoGiudice emerged from his arraignment. He was released without bail.
LoGiudice is accused of kicking and punching Kyle Howell, 20, of Westbury, during an April traffic stop.
Prosecutors dismissed criminal charges against Howell last month.
The police union has previously said that Howell had refused to comply with police orders. Court documents had alleged he tried to swallow a bag of marijuana.
The PBA has described LoGiudice as a highly decorated officer with an excellent service record.