Hartford, CT Police Brutality
I was the victim of police brutality. I broke up a fight outside a concert at the Webster Theater on March 19th, 2013. I was asked to leave the venue, even though the guy who punched my friend in the face was allowed to stay. The security told me to leave, and I said I couldn’t because I had driven people there and could not leave them stranded with no way home. I had also paid to be there and had done nothing to warrant being kicked out.
I kept asking the police and security what I did to get kicked out, but they would not answer. They only stood there and smirked. The security guard told me that he wanted to talk to me inside before all that had happened with the fight between my friends, and he stated that I had walked by him. He was not dressed in security uniform. I asked him if he was trying to hit on me, and he said, “So what if I was?” and smirked. I said,”Basically, I am being kicked out because I would not talk to you?” He smirked again and looked at the cop.
The cop told me to leave again; I said I couldn’t and that it was not fair that this was happening to me, and not to the person who punched my friend in the face. I got upset at this point because I really was not doing anything wrong. I was asking him to tell me what I did; I was crying, I was begging him to let me back in. He cuffed me and threw my face into the front window of the concert hall, shattering it and cutting my face open. I also received minor lacerations to the chest and neck. He then threw me onto the ground, cuffed, where I injured an already bad knee I had hurt in a car accident a month prior. The ambulance came to bring me to the hospital, and I asked to speak to the sergeant.
He came to the ambulance and I told him I wanted to speak to him about the unlawful force and brutality I was the victim of. He told me to, “Shut the F*** up” and slammed the door on me. I have numerous witnesses to the fact that I did nothing wrong and that the officer assaulted me. They gave me trumped up charges, including criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, assault on a police officer and interfering with an officer. I spent all night in jail and my fiance was not allowed to know how I was doing or what had happened. The whole time that I was in custody before being taken to the hospital, the police refused to tell me what I was being arrested for. My witnesses said that after I left in the ambulance, the police officer who assaulted me was laughing and bragging about it with other officers. I had to get stitches in my face. I am traumatized by what happened to me, and I do not know what to do. I am collecting statements from my witnesses to bring to a lawyer to try to get my charges dropped and prosecute the officer for brutality.
Here is the information on the case:
MF#:A136479 Arrest #:7123869 Case #:13-008719
Officers: H25 DAUGHERTY,COREY
Arrest Date: 03/19/13 22:18 Location:31 WEBSTER ST
Release Date: NOT RELEASED BOND $10,000
Charges: 53A107 CRIMINAL TRESPASS 1
53A167A INTERFERING W/ POLICE
53A167C ASSAULT-PUB SFTY/EMGY MED PERS
53A117 CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 3