Video of trooper punching suspect released

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Video showing a Rhode Island State Police trooper punching a man in a holding cell has been released.

WJAR-TV reported Monday that the video of the incident in 2014 has been released from a federal court seal.

The video shows Trooper Jamie Donnelly-Taylor walking suspect Lionel Monsanto into a cell at the Lincoln barracks, then throwing several punches.

The state last year settled a lawsuit filed by Monsanto for $125,000.

Donnelly-Taylor pleaded no contest to simple assault. He said he was ordered to plead by the former commander of the state police and the video would be kept under wraps.

No party admitted fault or liability.

Donnelly-Taylor’s attorney says the video clearly shows that Monsanto swung his elbow at the trooper first.

Donnelly-Taylor is currently on injured on duty status.

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Information from: WJAR-TV, http://www.turnto10.com

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