Rhode Island police officer kicks cuffed woman in the face

Edward Krawetz 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) Not only did he kick a handcuffed woman in the face he has the nerve to want his job back.

A Rhode Island police officer, who was sanctioned with a suspended sentence of 10 years for kicking a woman in the head outside a casino, is now fighting to get his job back.

Edward Krawetz, an officer with the Lincoln Police Department, in Rhode Island, faces a hearing on whether he can keep his uniform despite an online petition calling for the violent officer be given a harsher sentence.

"There is no way that this man can have any authority," according to the petition, which received 400 signatures in the last three days.

Video surveillance of the assault on Donna Levesque, showed Krawetz, a 12-year veteran, swinging his right foot at her face as she sat on the sidewalk with her hands behind her back. The kick was powerful enough to knock her down.

Levesque had been in the Twin River Casino in Lincoln and allegedly was ordered to leave for bad behavior.

Krawetz, 47, claimed self-defense during a trial in which he was charged with felony battery, and said the move was triggered after she gave him a kick in the shin according to the news media.

The officer escaped from a prison sentence, but a judge ordered him to undergo counseling and punished him with a suspended sentence of 10 years.

Krawetz, who was suspended without pay, refused to address the court before sentencing.

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