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Durham officer accused of assault resigns

A Durham police officer accused of assaulting a woman during an arrest last fall has resigned, city officials said Thursday.

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DURHAM, N.C. — A Durham police officer accused of assaulting a woman during an arrest last fall has resigned, city officials said Thursday.

Stephanie Nickerson said Cpl. Brian Schnee hit her in the face during an Oct. 28 arrest. She was charged with assault on a government official and resisting a public officer, but prosecutors dismissed those charges Thursday.

Schnee had been on paid leave pending the resolution of an internal investigation of the allegations.

Police Chief Jose Lopez said the investigation is continuing, even though Schnee has left the department.

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