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Two men intend to file brutality suit against city police officer

MERIDEN -- Civil rights attorney Sally A. Roberts filed an intent to sue police officer Evan Cossette for allegedly kicking, throwing, punching and tasing two men while they were handcuffed during separate instances.

According to documents filed at City Hall today, on or about Oct. 5, 2010, officer Cossette knee kicked Robret Methvin in the head while he was lying defenseless, face down and with hands behind his back.

The incident occured on 3 Pasco St. in Meriden. According to Record-Journal records, Methvin was arrested for interfering with a police officer, second-degree breach of peace. The charges were later nolled.

Roberts also filed notice that officer Cossette tackled Joseph G. Bryans and hurled him to the asphalt. Once handcuffed, Cossette allegedly repeatedly tased him. The incident happened in the parking lot of MidState Medical Center on Jan. 23, 2011.

Bryans was arrested for threatening, breach of peace and interfering with a police officer.

Roberts said the intended suit targets Officer Cossette, but her clients will keep their options open.

City attorney Deborah Moore said the intent will be sent to the city's risk department, which will likely refer it to its insurance department.

"It's a notice," Moore said. "They may or may not file a lawsuit." 

Notice of Intent to Commence Action, Joseph Bryans v. Evan Cossette.pdf

Notice of Intent to Commence Action, Robert Methvin v. Evan Cossette.pdf



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