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By Jennifer Lade
Standard-Times staff writer
September 14, 2008 6:00 AM

WAREHAM - The 15-year-old girl who prompted an internal and external investigation on whether police used excessive force in arresting her earlier this year faces an assault and battery charge after a new incident last Wednesday, police said.
According to a police press release, at 8:24 p.m. on Sept. 10, Officer John Gerard heard yelling and saw the girl holding onto the arm of 19-year-old Jarrod Alves, who then slapped the girl. (Police did not say in the press release where the incident ocurred, and the dispatcher on duty Saturday said he did not know where the incident happened.)
As Officer Gerard exited his cruiser Wednesday night, he saw the girl running at Mr. Alves swinging a stick, attempting to hit Mr. Alves with it. He deflected it both times with his hand, the release said.
Mr. Alves was arrested and charged with assault and battery, disorderly conduct and assault and battery on a police officer. The 15-year-old girl, whose name was released by police, but who The Standard-Times has not identified, was summonsed to court for assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.
Earlier this summer, the girl was charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest. That incident occurred on July 10, when the girl's 12-year-old brother was arrested after allegedly yelling obscenities at police, according to reports. The girl and her 14-year-old brother also were placed in custody after, police say, they tried to interfere with the arrest of the 12-year-old.
After the arrests, Onset residents who saw the event filed a complaint saying police used excessive force when arresting the girl, allegedly pushing her up against a wall and then to the ground.
An internal investigation on the matter had been concluded without investigators substantiating the complaint, due to differing accounts from eyewitnesses and the refusal of the mother of the 15-year-old to allow her to be interviewed by investigators, Police Chief Thomas Joyce said at the end of July.
In August, selectmen voted to refer the case to an outside agency. Bridget Norton Middleton, a spokeswoman for the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office, said the Bristol County District Attorney's Office would handle the investigation to avoid a conflict of interest, as the Plymouth County office is prosecuting the girl for the charges related to the July incident.
That investigation is continuing according to a spokesman for the Bristol County office.
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