Charges dropped against man at center of New Castle excessive force investigation

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Charges have been dropped against the man at the center of an investigation into assault involving a former New Castle police officer.

Perry Lawry was charged simple assault, harassment and resisting arrest after he was arrested in April.

Lawry’s arrest came under scrutiny, however, after a video was posted on social media.

That video showed Patrolman Ronald Williams tasing Lawry three times to get him under control. It then appeared to show him hitting Lawry’s head several times on the floor while he was over top of him.

Williams noted in his report that he felt Lawry was resisting officers and was trying to crawl toward knives.

Officers had been called to the E. Washington Street apartment after a 15-year-old boy reported that Lawry grabbed him by the throat and was choking him.

Williams was later fired for the use of excessive force after an internal investigation found that while he was at the apartment legally, additional force was not needed once he had Lawry on the floor. 

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