Video raises questions of police brutality
Tuesday, 24 Apr
2012, 10:39 PM
Published : Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012, 9:55 PM EDT
MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- A new surveillance video is raising questions about whether or not Meriden police used excessive force while arresting a man in a hospital parking lot.
In the video you can see an elbow come up behind the police cruiser, someone is getting punched, and the person whose fists were flying was a Meriden police officer.
Officer Evan Cossette is now accused of brutality in the arrest of Joseph Bryans. Cossette is the son of Police Chief Jeffry Cossette.
This all started at MidState Medical Center back in January of 2011. News 8 is told Bryans was apparently intoxicated and there was concern that he would hurt himself.
The surveillance video shows Bryans walking out of the hospital. A nurse tries to stop him and then calls in police.
The camera picks
up Bryans in the
parking lot. One
chasing him on
up the cruiser
and blocks him
in. The video
trying to get in
focus and when
Bryans is on the
ground and you
can see that
punched. News 8
is told, after
used his Taser
on him, twice.
Bryans says he filed a report with internal affairs, but the investigators dismissed his claim without ever looking at the surveillance video.
Not only that, two other men have filed complaints against Officer Cossette. They, too cite excessive force being used and claim that the department has done little to discipline him.
Two other police officers have also called for an investigation into the department, citing what they say is a pattern of favoritism, particularly in respect to Cossette.
The video is now in the hands of attorneys for both sides in the dispute.
Bryans' attorney says he was severely injured in the incident. They've now filed a federal lawsuit against Cossette, as well as his father, the deputy chief, the internal affairs investigators, the hospital and the city of Meriden.