A Providence police patrolman has been disciplined for releasing a suspect because he was tired and it was the end of his shift.
Patrolman Roland Reed was guarding a man, who was accused of assaulting another officer, at Rhode Island Hospital last month when his shift came to an end at 7 a.m. Reed didn't wait for his replacement to arrive and left. He later told superiors he was tired.
By the time the next officer arrived, the suspect was gone. The man was eventually re-arrested.
Reed, who has two years of experience, has accepted undisclosed discipline for his actions.