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Ex-Detroit police officer charged with assaulting man

A former Detroit police officer accused of assaulting a man faces a Detroit judge Thursday.

Edward Hicks 28, is charged in connection with an assault on Deonta Stewart in August 2016. According to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, Hicks and his partner drove up on Stewart around 10 p.m. on Chene and Lafayette Streets near downtown Detroit.

Hicks allegedly yelled for Stewart, 31, to stop, and the man took off running. Hicks allegedly gave chase on foot. During the chase, Stewart look backed back and stopped running after he realized he was being pursued by police.

Hicks allegedly punched Stewart in the face many times, causing significant injuriesas Hicks placed the man under arrest. The transport of Stewart to the Detroit Detention Center was delayed, the Prosecutor’s Office said in a news release Wednesday. Hicks also allegedly told Stewart to give false information to the detention center’s intake officer about his arrest and injuries.

Stewart later was released from detention center and received medical treatment at a hospital.

Hicks was charged Dec. 20 with assault with intent to commit great bodily harm, aggravated assault, obstruction of justice as well as misconduct in office. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

The former officer was scheduled to be arraigned at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in 36th District Court in Detroit.

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