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Judge: Long Island police officer's assault trial set for September


MINEOLA, New York — The trial of a Long Island police officer accused of assaulting a driver during a traffic stop caught on video is set to start in September.

Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1SIN1Nq ) reports that Acting state Supreme Court Justice Patricia Harrington on Tuesday scheduled a Sept. 16 trial date for 35-year-old Vincent LoGiudice (loh-joo-DEES').

LoGiudice has pleaded not guilty to assault charges in the case.

Prosecutors say he punched and kicked 21-year-old Kyle Howell during an April 2014 traffic stop.

Authorities dropped assault, resisting arrest and drug charges against Howell.

Harrington also issued a new protective order that requires LoGiudice to stay away from Howell.

Howell's attorney says she's pleased the judge renewed the order.

LoGiudice's attorney says the defense is "very confident" in its position.

Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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