Salem officer fired over assault charge
Joseph Freda was terminated by Salem Town Manager Keith Hickey at the recommendation of Salem Police Chief Paul Donovan.
Hickey’s decision to fire Freda came after he waived an administrative hearing scheduled for Tuesday where he would have been allowed to challenge being placed on unpaid leave.
Freda allegedly struck Templeton in the head with a flashlight, and later stepped on his hands following a police pursuit on Oct. 6.
Salem police were notified about the state investigation into Freda on Oct. 23, and placed him on paid administrative leave.
Hickey said Tuesday that the town will have no further comment about Freda’s case, citing the ongoing criminal case now pending in court. Freda is scheduled to be arraigned next month in 10th Circuit Court in Salem.
Freda’s arrest came just days after a YouTube video showed a Seabrook police officer slamming a suspect’s face into a wall. The man who was shoved into the wall, Michael Bergeron, 23, of Seabrook, posted the video online earlier this month.
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