Daniel Dolan

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Service Record

Pawtucket Rhode Island Police Department

Rank Officer
Salary $71,888[1]
Last Known Status Resigned[2]


2011 Letter of Recognition

In 2011, Dolan received a Letter of Recognition.[3]

2017 Commendation Award

In 2017, Dolan received the Commendation Award for detaining an armed suspect.[4]

2017 Achievement of Excellence Award

In 2017, Dolan received the Achievement of Excellence Award for arresting an armed suspect.[4]

2017 Letter of Recognition

In 2017, Dolan received a Letter of Recognition for arresting the driver of a stolen vehicle.[4]

2020 Commendation Award

In 2020, Dolan and other officers received the Commendation Award for apprehending an armed man who was attempting to flee the scene.[5]

2021 Letter of Recognition

In 2021, Dolan and other officers received a Letter of Recognition for "identification and apprehension of a suspect who confessed to robbing a Subway restraint [sic] twice."[6][7]

Incident Reports

2019 Arrest of Emily Mendes

Witness video

On April 2, 2019, Emily Mendes waited in her car while her fiancé, Francisco Rodrigues, entered a convenience store. Dolan confronted Rodrigues and demanded that he identify himself, claiming that the failure to ID was "something wrong" and Rodrigues was "about to go to jail". Rodrigues gave his name, noted Dolan's badge number, and left the store. Dolan called Rodrigues an "f'ing child" for possibly filing a complaint, and did not pursue the matter as Rodrigues walked away.[8]

Dolan got in his car and drove towards Mendes' car which was parked nearby. Mendes exited her car to get away from Dolan, who she felt had "lost control of himself". Dolan grabbed Mendes and pushed her up against a fence. Rodrigues and others witnesses ran towards the assault, prompting Dolan to draw his Taser and order them to "back off". Dolan handcuffed Mendes and arrested her for "resisting arrest, obstructing, and disorderly conduct".[8]

Response Timeline

On June 14, 2021, the charges were dropped by a judge.[8]

On April 2, 2022, the now-married Rodrigues' filed a lawsuit against Dolan and the city, accusing Dolan of physically assaulting Mendes during the arrest and violating her rights under the Fourth and Fifth Amendments.[8]

2019 Arrest of Michael Moreira

Witness video of the later part of the incident

On July 10, 2019, Moreira complained to Dolan that a utility truck had parked in his driveway after he had explicitly not given permission. Dolan told Moreira to handle it himself, and Moreira asked for Dolan's identification as he intended to file a complaint. Moreira claims that Dolan charged at him, took him to the ground, punched him, and used a chokehold. Dolan handcuffed Moreira and charged him with Assault and Battery on an Officer, Resisting Arrest, and Disorderly Conduct.[9]

Part of the incident was captured on a witness's cell phone video.[9]

Response Timeline

The charges against Moreira were dismissed.[10]

On May 30, 2022, Moreira filed a lawsuit against Dolan and the city, claiming the use of unreasonable force in the violation of his First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights.[9]

2021 Shooting of Dominic Vincent

Surveillance video footage

On June 23, 2021, Dolan was off-duty and claimed to see Vincent's vehicle speeding on the interstate. Dolan followed Vincent into a parking lot and approached Vincent's vehicle, which started to back away. Dolan, claiming to be in fear for his life, shot at the car containing Vincent and two others, striking Vincent in the arm.[11][12]

Part of the incident was captured by a surveillance camera.[12]

Dolan passed a field sobriety test and his blood alcohol content was .000.[13]

Response Timeline

On July 1, 2021, the State Attorney General stated that the shooting was "not justified" and charged Dolan with three felony counts of assault and a felony count of discharging a firearm in a crime of violence.[14] Dolan faced 52 years in prison if convicted.[15]

Dolan was suspended without pay.[12]

On July 6, 2022, Dolan rejected a plea deal of five years in prison.[15]

On January 26, 2023, a jury found Dolan not guilty of all charges.[12]

Dolan was moved to a status of suspended with pay while an internal investigation is conducted. Dolan will receive pay for the time of his earlier unpaid suspension.[12]

On February 16, 2023, the town Mayor announced plans to fire Dolan.[16]

2022 Domestic Vandalism

On March 18, 2022, Dolan was involved in a physical incident with a family member.[17] Dolan threw a toy truck at a vehicle and damaged a window.[18]

Response Timeline

Dolan was charged with domestic vandalism and disorderly conduct and ordered to have no contact with his wife or children.[17]

The charges against Dolan were dismissed as his wife "does not wish to proceed with prosecution".[19]

2023 DUI

Daniel Dolan booking photo
Daniel Dolan

On September 2, 2023, Dolan was stopped for a driving erratically.[20][21]

Dolan failed a field sobriety test and refused a chemical test.[20]

While in jail, Dolan told the officers, "next time I'm killing you".[20]

News report with jail video

Response Timeline

Dolan was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, refusal to submit to a chemical test, and lane violations.[21]

On November 21, 2023, Dolan resigned.[2]

On December 13, 2023, Dolan pleaded not guilty.[22]

LEO Ratings


  1. Adriana Rivera, Officer acquitted in off-duty shooting gets $123K in back pay, WPRI, 2023-02-21
  2. 2.0 2.1 Embattled Pawtucket Police Officer Resigns, News Radio 920AM, 2023-11-22
  3. House Resolution, State of Rhode Island, 2011-01
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 House Resolution, State of Rhode Island, 2017-01
  5. 2020 Annual Report, Pawtucket Police Department, 2020
  6. 2021 Annual Report, Pawtucket Police Department, 2021
  7. House Resolution, State of Rhode Island, 2021-01
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Rodrigues v Dolan et al, U.S. District Court, 2022-04-02
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Moreira v Dolan et al, U.S. District Court, 2022-05-30
  10. Matthew Stevens, Second civil suit filed against Pawtucket officer facing charges in off-duty shooting, ABC 6, 2022-08-01
  11. Sarah Doiron, Police: Off-duty Pawtucket officer involved in West Greenwich shooting, WPRI, 2021-06-23
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Shaun Towne, Pawtucket police officer found not guilty in off-duty shooting of teen, WPRI, 2023-01-26
  13. Shaun Towne, Pawtucket police officer charged with felony assault for shooting teen in West Greenwich, WPRI, 2021-07-01
  14. VIDEO NOW: RI Attorney General Peter Neronha discusses results of investigation into shooting of teen by off-duty police officer, WPRI, 2021-07-01
  15. 15.0 15.1 Shaun Towne, Police officer rejects plea deal in off-duty shooting of teen, WPRI, 2022-07-06
  16. Melanie DaSilva, City moves to fire Pawtucket officer acquitted in shooting of teen, WPRI, 2023-02-16
  17. 17.0 17.1 Shaun Towne, Pawtucket police officer charged in domestic incident while out on bail, WPRI, 2022-03-21
  18. Mark Reynolds, Pawtucket police officer charged in shooting last year now faces domestic charges, Providence Journal, 2022-03-22
  19. Katie Mulvaney, Pawtucket officer charged in teen's shooting now accused of roughing up woman, Providence Journal, 2022-04-05
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Joanna Bouras, Pawtucket police officer Daniel Dolan charged with DUI in Coventry, WJAR, 2023-09-06
  21. 21.0 21.1 Shaun Towne, Embattled Pawtucket police officer arrested under suspicion of DUI, WPRI, 2023-09-05
  22. Former Pawtucket police officer pleads not guilty to DUI, WJAR, 2023-12-13