Man Who Claims To Have Been Beaten By Police Files Suit

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A man seen on a YouTube video being beaten by three Bridgeport police officers has filed a $1 million lawsuit, and NAACP leaders are calling on police officials to arrest and fire the officers.

The Connecticut Post ( ) reports 27-year-old Orlando Lopez-Soto filed the lawsuit yesterday in Bridgeport federal court, accusing the officers of violating his constitutional rights and using excessive force.

The video shows officers Joseph Lawlor, Elson Morales and Clive Higgins kicking and stomping Lopez-Soto in 2011 after he apparently was shot with stun gun following a car chase.

The officers are on paid administrative duty pending an investigation.  State NAACP chapter President Scot Esdaile says the officers should be arrested and fired.

Police Chief Joseph Gaudett has promised a fair and thorough investigation.


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