Andrew Leonard pleaded not guilty to the charge last September.
The bench trial, before Magistrate Judge J. Patrick O’Neill, held at Kent County Superior Court, following an investigation by the Rhode Island State Police into a use of force incident from March of 2020. Cranston Chief of Police Michael Winquist requested the investigation.
Leonard arrested 27-year-old Gian Mattiello following a domestic dispute where Mattiello got into a fight with his brother and father. Mattiell