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January 16, 2014

Officer charged with assault

Salem policeman suspended without pay, faces charges

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Freda served in the U.S. Marine Corps before he became a police officer. He was a member of the Brookline Police Department until he left that job in the summer of 2012 to join the Salem force.

Freda was injured on the job in late November 2012. A melee on Stonegate Lane resulted in five arrests, a cruiser window being smashed and Freda’s hand broken.

The injury occurred when Dalton Cyr tried to grab Freda’s gun out of his holster. Freda used pepper spray to subdue Cyr, but his hand was broken during the scuffle.

Last May, Cyr was sentenced to a year in jail in a plea deal.

Templeton, the alleged victim in this case, is in the county jail.

Salem police had nothing to say beyond the brief release yesterday, citing the ongoing criminal investigation.

“The Salem Police Department does not tolerate excessive use of force from its police officers. The Salem Police Department has longstanding policies and procedures in place providing guidance for our officers,” Patten wrote in the release. “The Salem Police Department provides comprehensive, ongoing, and mandatory training for all of its officers on all aspects of police activity, including training on arrest procedures and acceptable use of force. It is our expectation that these policies will be followed.”

Freda is scheduled to be arraigned in 10th Circuit Court in Salem next month.

 

 

 

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