Police Officer Assaults a Disabled & ...

Police Officer Assaults a Disabled & Handicapped man.

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North Scituate, RI

#1 May 20, 2013
I am looking for witnesses to an incident that occured outside the Woonsocket DHS office on the morning of april 25th 2013 at around 10:00 AM

Me and my brother (the victim) are hoping to find some of the individuals who managed to catch the assault on video so we can refute the fallacious charges being pressed against us, and further press charges against the offending officer, Patrolman Anthony Conetta, Badge number 25 of the Woonsocket police force.

If you are reading this post Joey PLEASE EMAIL ME!
If any of the numerous witnesses are reading this PLEASE EMAIL ME!
If you recall the incident or know anyone who was there, PLEASE EMAIL ME!

This incident began when patrolman Anthony Conetta, badge # 25 of the Woonsocket police force violently assaulted Michael daCorte, a disabled and handicapped young man outside of the Woonsocket DHS office after a verbal debate. The assault escalated further when Officer Conetta attempted to leave the scene and was informed by a DHS security guard that Michael was pressing charges against him and that he probably shouldn't leave. This immediatly caused Officer Conetta to storm into the DHS lobby, where Michael was currently on the phone with 911, and forcefully attempt to obsctruct the phone call and commanded Michael to hang up. When Michael would not submit to the unlawful command, Officer Conetta began then dragged the handicapped young man out of the DHS office and began to strike him with fist and elbow, serving only to enrage the confused Michael into the point of Self Defense.

While outside the DHS office, Officer Conetta continued to try to beat Michael into submission, but was ultimatey placed in a subduing position as Michael was clearly the stronger of the two, The DHS guard attempted to remove Michael from Anthony and was unable to, this was when i stepped in to assist the DHS officer in seperating them.

The assault continued when Officer Conetta grabbed his pepper spray, and oddly enough, chose to spray me in the face first after i asked him how the hell it was that he was actualy a police officer, my intent being that his behavior was utterly apalling. After Officer Conetta assaulted me with the pepper spray, he then turned on my brother and the gathering crowd of witnesses, managing to spray an 11 month old girl, and then the father of that little girl when the father grew agitated over his daughter's assault.

By this time i had dialed 911 on my brother's cellphone and was intending to report the assault myself, but other officers arrived on scene and Officer Conetta asked the arriving officer to arrest me when the new officer asked if he could help, sucessfully obstructing my attempt to report his assault too. I then kneeled down and was clearly cooperating before the second officer could even say anything, this did not dissuade the officer from violently shoving me to the ground while i was already on my knees and clearly moving to lay down, damaging my glasses and sending the cellphone in my hand skittering across the pavement.

The abuse continued as we were unlawfully detained, Moreso against my brother Michael then myself, but this wall of text has probably already bored half of its viewers away. This should be enough to remind anyone who was there or knew someone who was there and find its way to the eyes of the witnesses who actually watched this all happen, and more importantly, got it on video.

Feel free to contact me if you wish to know more about this incident.

Please help me make this incident Viral if you can, Copy and post it somewhere that gets a lot of internet traffic.

Warwick, RI

#2 Sep 3, 2013
Have you contacted an attorney? will the attorney help?

North Scituate, RI

#3 Sep 16, 2013
Yeah, we both have representation and plan to file criminal and civil charges against Officer Conetta.

North Scituate, RI

#4 Sep 16, 2013
I also linked this post to the Woonsocket PD page on Facebook and they deleted my post and blocked my account from further posting. lol

Warwick, RI

#5 Sep 20, 2013
who do you have for an atorney?

North Scituate, RI

#6 Sep 26, 2013
I'd rather not broadcast that information here, suffice to say I am no longer intimidated by the Woonsocket Police Department's attempts to falsify this incident.

Warwick, RI

#7 Oct 1, 2013
understandable- I work for an attorney that was interested in your case. GOOD LUCK!!

North Scituate, RI

#8 Oct 6, 2013
thanks :)

North Scituate, RI

#9 Dec 24, 2013
Public Defender found all the witnesses :)

Campbelltown, Australia

#10 Jan 14, 2014
stunned and shared

North Scituate, RI

#11 Jan 23, 2014
I'm curious to see if the officers are willing to commit perjury on the stand when I take them to court, now that we have all the witnesses to the factual events lol.

North Scituate, RI

#12 Mar 2, 2014
Are there any attorneys out there who would be interested in representing this case in civil court so that me and my brother may sue the town of Woonsocket and the offending officer? it has been almost a year now and the trial has not even started yet as far as I understand. I think it's time to shove the proceedings forward.

I can not speak for my brother, as the abuse he suffers was *far* worse then my own, but I do not want money. I want the morale satisfaction of knowing that the officer will not get away with this behavior and that others will think twice before ever considering such violent and unwarranted actions against a law abiding citizen again.

Please help us send a message that this behavior is unacceptable.

Do you really want people with these kinds of anger control issues walking around your streets with an assortment of lethal and nonlethal weapons at their disposal?

Please. Help us.

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