J.J. Huggins of Sentinel & Enterprise reports that Police Officer Michael DeLuca is no longer facing an assault and battery charge in connection with the arrest he made of a member of a hardcore punk-rock band in August."I understand the charges have been withdrawn, and that's great," Police Chief Peter Roddy said Friday. Police arrested three band members after a brawl at a concert by the Boston hardcore band CUT THROAT in a rented hall at the Unitarian Universalist First Church in Leominster, Massachusetts on Aug. 12. DeLuca arrested Joseph Barrett, 22, and Barrett later claimed the officer used too much force. DeLuca's report from the incident said he "used the force necessary" to apprehend Barrett. An assistant clerk magistrate at Leominster District Court had issued the charge against DeLuca after a show-cause hearing, and DeLuca was scheduled to be arraigned this week. But the charge was withdrawn beforehand, Roddy said. Tim Connolly, a spokesman for Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr., said late Friday afternoon that he did not know why the charge was withdrawn. The court documents pertaining to the case never became public record because DeLuca was never arraigned. Read more at www.sentinelandenterprise.com.
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