A sign at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation in MaMashantucket, Connecticut. Photo: Jimmy Emerson

City fires police officer who punched elderly employee at Pequot casino

A police officer who admitted he assaulted an elderly employee at the casino owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation has lost his job.

Michael Tousignant was at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut last April when he punched Agiim "Jimmy" Koci, a 73-year-old bathroom attendant over an alleged insult. A Providence Journal report from the time said Tousignant had been upset about cold water in the bathroom.

Koci, who emigrated to the United States from Albania, was left bloodied and shaken from the incident and has not gone back to work, the paper reported.

“He entered Foxwoods a cop and he left Foxwoods a criminal,” Vincent Ragosta Jr., an attorney for the city of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, said of Tousignant, WJAR reported.

Tousignant, who had been on administrative leave with pay since the incident, was terminated by Pawtucket on Tuesday following a decision by a review panel set up for police officers. He can appeal his firing through the Rhode Island courts, WJAR reported.

Tousignant was charged in Connecticut court with third-degree assault on an elderly person but his case has been "statutorily sealed," according to online records. Though he admitted to the offense, he won't be formally convicted as long as he completes a program for first-time offenders, The Journal reported.

Tousignant's case in Connecticut is K10K-CR17-0337107-S.

Read More on the Story:
Pawtucket fires police officer accused of punching elderly man (The Providence Journal April 3, 2018)
NBC 10 I-Team: Pawtucket cop fired after attack on elderly casino bathroom attendant (WJAR April 3, 2018)

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