Meriden Police Officer Facing Brutality Lawsuit

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) _ A video recording shows a Meriden police officer repeatedly punching a man who later filed a lawsuit alleging brutality.

The video that was unveiled Tuesday as part of the pending lawsuit came from a surveillance camera in the parking lot of MidState Medical Center in Meriden, where officers Evan Cossette and Mark Nowak arrested 31-year-old Joseph Bryans last year. The video shows Cossette punching Bryans several times as Bryans lay on the ground.

Cossette is the son of Meriden Police Chief Jeffry Cossette and has faced three brutality complaints within a year. An internal affairs probe of the Bryans incident cleared Cossette of wrongdoing.

Cossette said he was forced to punch and use a stun gun on Bryans because Bryans became combative. He denies using excessive force.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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