Bridgeport police officer heads to trial in brutality case

- FILE - Bridgeport police (WTNH)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Bridgeport police officer is heading to trial, charged with violating the civil rights of a man whose beating was captured on video.

Testimony is set to get underway Monday in the trial of Clive Higgins, one of three officers charged in the 2011 beating of Orlando Lopez-Soto.

A video showed police officers kicking and Lopez-Soto after he was shot with a stun gun in Beardsley Park in 2011 following a car chase.

Higgins, a Bridgeport police officer since 2002, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

The other two officers, Elson Morales and Joseph Lawlor, pleaded guilty in June to depriving Lopez-Soto of his civil rights.

Lopez-Soto is serving five years in prison after pleading guilty to drug and gun charges in 2012.

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