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Niagara Falls woman to serve 3 years for injuring 3 cops

A mentally ill woman was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for injuring three Niagara Falls police officers, including one who underwent surgery to repair a torn knee ligament.

Rashida Carpenter, 23, of Whitney Avenue in the Falls, had pleaded guilty to three felony assault charges for the Sept. 22 incident, which occurred when police were serving a warrant from the city's Mental Health Court.

Niagara County Assistant Public Defender Michele G. Bergevin told State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. that Carpenter was off her medications for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder at the time of the arrest.

Bergevin said Carpenter was "kicking and flailing" at the officers and cut one of the officers with a mirror she tried to use to deflect a Taser.

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