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LI cop accused in beating free on bail

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - A Long Island police officer is free on bail after pleading not guilty on Tuesday to beating a man during a routine traffic stop in April.

Nassau County Officer Vincent LoGiudice, 34, faces two counts of assault in the second degree and assault in the third degree.

LoGiudice pulled over Kyle Howell, 20, in Westbury due to a cracked windshield.  In security video taken from outside a store, LoGiudice and his partner, Officer Basil Gomez, are seen striking a man believed to be Howell repeatedly with such force that the vehicle shakes.

Hundreds of police officers and supporters clapped and cheered as LoGiudice emerged from his arraignment on Tuesday.

Howell was charged with assaulting LoGiudice and his partner, Officer Basil Gomez, tampering with physical evidence, resisting arrest and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police said Howell tried to swallow a bag of marijuana.

A judge dismissed the criminal charges against Howell in May based on a recommendation from the district attorney’s office.

"You cannot judge this case by that video because that video does not show what was going on inside that car," said defense attorney William Petrillo.

Attorneys for Howell say they have filed notice they intend to sue the county police department over the alleged assault.

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