“Elson Morales, Joseph Lawlor and Clive Higgins, all 10-year veterans of the Bridgeport Police Department, are shown on the tape kicking and stomping on a man they had already subdued with a stun gun.”
I’m not too surprised to learn of the actions of Morales, Lawlor and Higgins, considering the hostility displayed by every single one of their colleagues I met when in Bridgeport on Sat., 19th, including David Uliano. In fact, it’s likely that a heavy-handed culture permeates the ranks of Bridgeport police – something that can never entirely be mitigated when the very institution is based on coercion.
Fortunately an individual nearby recognized what was happened and documented the aggression through the lens of a camera. It’s great this practice is becoming so pervasive. It is making a positive difference (for more related, check out CopBlock.org/KnowYourRights).
While the video evidence may be enough for anyone with common sense to draw pretty accurate conclusions, the so-claimed “authorities” are only now “investigating” themselves for an incident that happened in May of 2011. Oh yeah, and the aggressors are on paid vacation.
Will this affording of double-standards to bullies, simply because they wear a badge, deter such wanton violence in the future? Or might there be a better alternative?
Bridgeport Police Department
- Bridgeport’s “Finest” Lackluster from Jan. 24th, 2013
- David Uliano – Bridgeport police employee – is NOT someone I’d hire for protection from January 25th, 2013
Connecticut Cop Block
Three Connecticut police officers caught on camera ‘kicking and stomping on man they’d subdued with a stun gun’
originally published to DailyMail.co.uk on Jan. 26th, 2013
Three Connecticut police officers have been put on administrative leave after they were caught on video brutally beating a suspect in a local park.
Elson Morales, Joseph Lawlor and Clive Higgins, all 10-year veterans of the Bridgeport Police Department, are shown on the tape kicking and stomping on a man they had already subdued with a stun gun.
They will remain on paid administrative leave while the May 2011 encounter is investigated.
The sobering footage was uploaded on YouTube on January 18 by an anonymous user. It is unclear who filmed it.
In the video, which goes in and out of focus, the pop and sizzle of the electric stun gun can be heard before a man shouts ‘nice shot’ from off camera as the suspect falls to the ground.
Within seconds, two officers stand over the motionless man and begin kicking and stomping on him as he writhes around on the grass. A third officer drives up in a police cruiser with the sirens blaring and attacks him.
At one point a witness yells at the officers, ‘You got him, cut the (expletive).’
Carolyn Vermont, president of the Greater Bridgeport branch of the NAACP, slammed the police response, describing it to the Connecticut Post as ‘horrible, totally unacceptable.’
Police Chief Joseph Gaudett Jr. said he learned about the video last week and promptly ordered the city’s Office of Internal Affairs to investigate the beating. He also notified the Bridgeport State’s Attorney.
‘I’m concerned by what I saw and ordered the Office of Internal Affairs to conduct an immediate, thorough and timely investigation,’ Gaudett told The Post.
‘If violations are found, we will take action. Our officers are held to high standards and rightfully so, and we intend to maintain these standards.’
Gaudett refused to release the name of the man being kicked and stomped by the officers in the video and what charges were lodged against him.
According to The Post, police sources said the man was being pursued by officers following reports that he had a gun.
When the officers finally subdued him, no gun was found, but the man was wearing a holster, the source said.
The man was charged in the incident and did not file a complaint against the police officers.
The sources told The Post that the man, who wasn’t seriously injured in the beating, is now serving prison time on unrelated charges.