Ex-cop indicted in assault case
Lomi Kriel: Express-News
Initially, Alfaro was charged with aggravated assault, a felony, but this was reduced.
Two misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and evading arrest are pending in a different court.
Alfaro, who worked as an officer for 11 years, was terminated after the alleged assault in August.
Police Chief William McManus' decision, which Alfaro can still appeal, came a month after then-18-year-old Tamara Vaughan accused the officer of punching and choking her at their North Side community pool. Vaughan, an African American, said Alfaro also attacked her sexual orientation and called her a racial slur.
Biggs, head of the office's white-collar crime division, said multiple "credible" witnesses confirmed that they saw Alfaro strike Vaughan.
Still, Alfaro's attorneys hailed the reduced charge as a "step in the right direction" because Vaughan's injuries were never as severe as she claimed, they said.
"We don't want him to be a police officer anymore," Bushrod said. "With what he's done to my granddaughter, he does not deserve that kind of license."