Former New Castle police officer federally charged with civil rights violation
Former New Castle Police Officer Ronald Williams has been charged with deprivation of civil rights by a federal grand jury.
Williams was indicted on the charge on Thursday.
If convicted, he could face up to ten years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and a term of supervised release of up to three years.
Williams was fired from the New Castle Police Department in May of 2018 after an investigation into an incident in which he was accused of using unnecessary force while responding to a domestic disturbance.
That investigation found that Officer Williams' actions were not "within department policies and procedures."
A video of that incident was viewed on social media more than three million times and was shared on Facebook over 85,000 times, less than 24 hours after it was posted.
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