BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP/WTNH) — Connecticut police officers are being investigated after a video showing police allegedly beating a teenager over the weekend.
Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez says he has placed several officers on administrative status while the Office of Internal Affairs investigates. The Connecticut Post reports the Friday video shows 18-year-old Aaron Kearney being forced face-first against a car hood while his mother pleads for police not to hurt him.
The video also shows an unidentified female officer hitting Kearney’s face.
Kearney’s family says he has never had trouble with police before and has attended summits with Perez on improving community relations. Police say they responded to the scene after Kearney reported a minor traffic accident.
Chair of the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus Rep. Christopher Rosario (D-Bridgeport) stated,
We had a meeting with Police Chief Armando Perez and other community leaders to discuss these events and are calling for a swift and thorough investigation and public release of the findings…If the Internal Affairs investigation finds that there was wrong doing, we are asking that the officer(s) involved be immediately separated from the Bridgeport Police Department and that charges be filed against them…
While we are still learning the details about the incident, we renew our call to expand the use of non-lethal force and other de-escalation tactics by the Bridgeport Police Department…We look forward to working with Chief Perez and his staff to help bridge the gap between the community and his department, but acts of police brutality will not be tolerated.”
Kearney is charged with breach of peace and assault on a police officer.
The video may be viewed below.
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