Glocester Police Chief, No. 2 Officer Convicted in Cover-up
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The police chief of the town of Glocester and his second-in-command were found guilty Wednesday of obstructing justice and conspiracy for covering up the beating of a burglary suspect.
Police Chief Richard B. Tooher faces 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the conviction. He was acquitted of filing a false document in the cover- up and also cleared of an unrelated larceny charge.
His department’s No. 2 officer, Lt. Bruce Binns, also was convicted of assaulting the suspect, Richard A. Raymond. Binns faces 11 years in prison and fines of $10,500.
The jury also found Binns guilty of filing a false document, but Superior Court Presiding Justice Anthony A. Giannini reversed that verdict, citing a lack of evidence.
Tooher, 46, and Binns, 37, declined comment after the verdict.
Defense lawyers said it would appeal the convictions if Giannini denies a request for a new trial. A hearing on that motion was scheduled for Sept. 12.
Except for the larceny charge against Tooher, all the counts stem from the June 30, 1984, arrest and beating of Raymond and the ensuing cover-up.
The state argued that Raymond’s injuries resulted from blows given by Binns and James N. Williams, a suspended patrolman. Williams was granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony against Tooher and Binns.
The defense said Raymond was injured when he fell down concrete steps at the police station.