UPDATE: Rhode Island Cop Arrested For Assault At Abortion Rights Rally

Jennifer Rourke and Jeann Lugo

This is an update to yesterday’s discussion “Providence Off-Duty Cop on Paid Leave After  Punching Political Opponent”.

An off-duty Rhode Island police officer who was running for state Senate was arrested on an assault charge after attacking his female opponent during an abortion rights protest Friday night.

Providence police patrolman Jeann Lugo, 35, was arrested on charges of simple assault and disorderly conduct, state police said Saturday. Lugo turned himself in, was arraigned and released, it said.

Jennifer Rourke, who is running for the state’s 29th District, said she had finished speaking at a rally outside the state house in Providenceon Friday when she was attacked by Lugo.

Lugo tweeted yesterday that he will not be running for any office this fall.


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