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FBI Joins Meriden Police Probe

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MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) – The FBI has taken over the investigation into allegations that a Meriden police officer who is the chief’s son was treated favorably by an internal review board investigating a brutality complaint.

City Manager Lawrence Kendzior.says the FBI visited the department on Thursday to collect records.

The investigation was sparked by a complaint by two officers alleging that Officer Evan Cossette received favorable treatment during an investigation into allegations that he pushed a handcuffed man in a holding cell, knocking him unconscious. A video of the incident shows Cossette going in and out of the cell several times and moving the man. A dispatcher eventually called for medical help.

Cossette is the son of Chief Jeffry Cossette.

The chief says the complaint was lodged by disgruntled officers.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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