Monday, August 11, 2014
CT Police Charged With Beating Suspect
Excessive: This is the moment Clive Higgins, 48, (left), approaches the subdued suspect and allegedly stomps on his head
The video showed police officers kicking and stomping Orlando Lopez-Soto after he was shot with a stun gun and fell to the ground in Beardsley Park, Bridgeport, in 2011 following a car chase.
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Prosecutors say that after another officer deployed his stun gun, Higgins approached the man, who was lying prone on the ground, and kicked him in the head and neck, according to The Connecticut Post.
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 deprivation of rights under color of law.
Shocking moment a police officer kicked suspect's head during violent arrest: Cell phone video leads to cop being charged and he could face ten years in jail
Orlando Lopez-Soto lead police on a car chase in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 2011
He was eventually subdued by a stun gun and arrested in Beardsley Park
Lopez-Soto claimed he was assaulted and sued police, settling for $198,000
Last year footage of the arrest surfaced on YouTube
It showed veteran officer Clive Higgins, 48, kicking and stomping on Lopez-Soto
Higgins has been charged with using unreasonable force and is facing up to 10 years in prison
Two other officers seen in the video pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and agreed to resign from the force
By ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTER
Daily Mail (UK)
PUBLISHED: 20:23 EST, 9 August 2014 | UPDATED: 23:27 EST, 9 August 2014