Bridgeport cop found not guilty in 2011 beating at Beardsley Park

Bridgeport Police Department (Photo: WTNH )

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — Bridgeport officer Clive Higgins who was charged with violating a man’s civil rights by using unreasonable force during an arrest captured on video has been found not guilty Wednesday, according to the United States Attorney District of Connecticut.

Officer Higgins, who has been on suspension since the investigation began, was one of three officers charged from the beating of Orlando Lopez-Soto in 2011 at Beardsley Park.

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

Higgins, a Bridgeport police officer since 2002, was facing a conviction sentence up to 10 years in prison.

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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