MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) _ A Meriden police officer who is the chief’s son has been placed on administrative duty pending investigations in allegations of brutality and favoritism in the department.
City Manager Lawrence Kendzior tells the Meriden Record-Journal he made the decision to place Officer Evan Cossette on administrative duty Tuesday after consulting the city’s personnel director and Cossette’s father, Chief Jeffry Cossette. Kendzior says the decision was made because he did not think Evan Cossette should be interacting with the public given the allegations he faces.
An investigation including federal authorities was launched after two officers filed a complaint that Evan Cossette was treated favorably in internal investigations because he is the chief’s son.
In one case, Officer Cossette is seen on video pushing a handcuffed man in a cell, knocking him unconscious.
Information from: Record-Journal, http://www.record-journal.com
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
APNT 04-20-11 0647EDT