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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ The trial of a Meriden police officer accused of brutality is about to start.

Evan Cossette heads to trial Tuesday in federal court in New Haven.

Cossette, the son of Meriden Police Chief Jeffry Cossette, is accused of shoving a handcuffed man in the police department lockup in 2010. The man, Pedro Temich of Meriden, fell and fractured his skull on a concrete bench.

The incident was recorded on surveillance video, but Cossette says the video was altered by police officials to leave out key moments when Temich disobeyed commands to sit down.

Cossette has pleaded not guilty to using unreasonable force and lying in a report about the incident.

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