Former police officer Felix Rivera Jr. admitted in court on Nov. 24 to punching a 20-year-old man in custody, and subsequently lying about the man's arrest on Sept. 26, 2014, in Chelsea, Massachusetts (video below).
After Rivera, 34, pleaded guilty to assault and battery and filing a false report, the judge ordered him to stay away from the victim and undergo mental health care: an anger management program, a mental health evaluation and recommended treatment, notes My Fox Boston.
According to the assistant district attorney, Rivera and other officers responded to a report of a man with a gun. The victim was allegedly interfering with their investigation, so the supervising officer told the other officers to put the victim, who may have been intoxicated, into protective custody.
Rivera, however, struck the handcuffed man four times in the face and knocked him to the ground.
The other officers did not hit the victim, but they also did not try to stop Rivera or alert the court of the truth after the victim was charged with multiple crimes, The Free Thought Project reports.
The victim was charged with assault and battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest, but the charges were dropped because of a video (below) filmed by an unidentified witness.
Rivera later wrote in his police report that the victim had shoved another cop and was taken down so that police could regain control.
After he was indicted, Rivera was put on placed on administrative leave without pay, but was never fired. Instead, Rivera resigned from his position.