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Charges reinstated in officer's pepper spray use in protest

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge has granted a prosecution request to reinstate charges against a former Philadelphia police officer seen on video lowering the face covering of at least one protester before dousing a group with pepper spray as they knelt on a city interstate during a demonstration in the summer of 2020. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Common Pleas judged reversed a decision by another judge to throw out charges against ex-SWAT officer Richard Paul Nicoletti. She ordered him held for trial on charges including simple assault, official oppression, and reckless endangerment. Nicoletti’s attorney declined comment. District Attorney Larry Krasner hailed Tuesday’s ruling and vowed to proceed with criminal prosecution.

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