EAST GREENWICH — An East Greenwich police lieutenant was arrested Tuesday on charges relating to an incident regarding excessive use of force on a prisoner at the East Greenwich Police Station.
Rhode Island State Police took Lt. Paul C. Nahrgang, 44, of 46 Landis Dr., East Greenwich, into custody and charged him with disorderly conduct and simple assault.
The arrest, according to a press release from the Rhode Island State Police Maj. Todd E. Catlow, was the result of an investigation by members of the State Police Major Crimes Unit of an incident that transpired at the police station on First Avenue back on May 22. As a result of the investigation, the State Police allege that Lt. Nahrgang, according to the press release, used excessive force and assaulted a 44-year-old male while he was in police custody. The victim, according to the release, was arrested earlier in the evening and was charged with malicious mischief.
Nahrgang, not long after State Police obtained a warrant for his arrest, turned himself in at the State Police Headquarters in North Scituate and was arraigned. He was released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail pending a formal arraignment in 3rd District Court on July 23.
In a statement from Michael Isaacs, the Town Council President said that East Greenwich Police Chief Thomas Coyle, following a brief internal investigation with Deputy Chief Stephen Brown, has suspended Nahrgang from the force prior to turning the investigation over to State Police.
“Lieutenant Nahrgang’s conduct as alleged in the criminal complaint is contrary to the high standards of the East Greenwich Police Department and will not be tolerated,” said Isaacs in the formal statement. “Lieutenant Nahrgang will remain suspended until further action can be taken against him as permitted by the Rhode Island Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights.”