Police officer charged with rights violation

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Bridgeport police officer has been charged with violating a man’s civil rights by using unreasonable force during an arrest captured on video.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Friday that a grand jury indicted 48-year-old Clive Higgins. Higgins’ attorney says he’ll plead not guilty Friday in New Haven federal court. Bridgeport’s police chief later said Higgins was suspended without pay.

RELATED: 2 Bridgeport cops plead guilty to rights violation

The video showed police officers kicking and stomping Orlando Lopez-Soto after he was shot with a stun gun and fell to the ground in Beardsley Park in May 2011 following a car chase.

Prosecutors say after another officer deployed his stun gun, Higgins approached the man — who was lying prone on the ground — and kicked him in the head and neck area.

The other two officers pleaded guilty in June to deprivation of rights under color of law.

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