Former Detroit police officer given 18 months probation for assaulting man

DETROIT (WXYZ) - A former Detroit police officer has been sentenced Thursday after being charged earlier this year for assaulting a man. 

Edward Hicks, 28, was given 18 months probation for his role in a 2016 assault. 

On Aug. 30, 2016, Hicks and his partner drove up on Deonta Stewart, who was walking in the area of the Martin Luther King Homes at Chene and Lafayette Streets in Detroit.

It is alleged that Hicks yelled for Stewart to stop and he took off running. Hicks initiated a foot chase, during which Stewart reportedly looked back and, realizing he was being pursued by the police, stopped running.

Hicks then allegedly punched Stewart in the face multiple times, causing significant facial injuries and placed him under arrest.

Stewart's transport to the Detroit Detention Center was reportedly delayed. Before taking Stewart to DDC, it is alleged that Hicks told Stewart to give a false statement to the intake officer about his arrest and injuries. 

Stewart was later released from DDC and sought medical treatment at a local hospital. 

Hicks has also been ordered to complete community service and an anger management class. 

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