Providence Police Officer Jeann Lugo faced another hearing on Tuesday, about three months after he was found not guilty of assault. Lugo remains ineligible to rejoin the force despite the acquittal, and a panel of three active or retired officers will decide in a Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights hearing whether Lugo should be able to keep his job as a police officer. The hearing, which took place in Cranston Municipal Court, could last all week. Lugo was accused of assaulting Jennifer Rourke, a political rival, at an abortion rally outside the Rhode Island State House in June. Lugo used police-trained “strike techniques” on Rourke, according to his account, who was restraining him during the melee. LEOBOR protects police officers from being fired outright until there is an internal investigation and a hearing, so Providence’s then-police chief at the time moved to terminate Lugo. Lugo has been on paid administrative leave since the incident outside the State House, and he refused to comment outside court on Tuesday. Current Police Chief Oscar Perez stated he will abide by the panel’s ruling, whatever it may be.

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