Bridgeport Officers Suspended After YouTube Video Showing Them Beating Suspect

Three Bridgeport police officers are suspended after a video was posted on YouTube showing them beating a suspect who had already been brought down with a stun gun. The ten-year-veterans — Elson Morales, Joseph Lawlor and Clive Higgins — are now under investigation.

Once again, the lack of action before the video was posted on YouTube demonstrates the key role that citizens videotaping now plays in detecting and deterring police abuse. We previously discussed how high-ranking officials like Cook County States Attorney Anita Alvarez prosecute citizens for filming police in public.

Even though courts have consistently ruled that such filming is protected by the Constitution, police and prosecutors continue to charge and prosecute citizens who take such videos — or detain and harass them when spotted. This occurs because of a failure to discipline officers harassing or arresting citizens in such circumstances.

In this case, it is not clear why, once again, YouTube appears the decisive factor. Presumably, none of the officers revealed what had occurred or there would have been some action taken before the YouTube posting.

Source: NY Post

22 thoughts on “Bridgeport Officers Suspended After YouTube Video Showing Them Beating Suspect

  1. Unless this suspect pulled out a weapon and the Taser darts somehow came out of him I don’t see any excuse for the kickings here. (and I find the possibility of that being very low)

    One thing that I have noticed is when a big foot chase such as this is on, and someone succeeds in stopping the suspect, nearly all incoming officers want a piece of the guy. Many cannot resist the idea of running up and grabbing on to the guy. It often ends up in a big pile of dogs. I guess there is some sort of psychological need to get the guy like in a hunt.

    It’s kind of watching a dog race, as soon as the dogs cross the finish line, all of them want to take a bite out of the rabbit.

    But it unfortunately in this case went well beyond that and ended up being an assault.

    Not trying to minimize the bad actions of officers, but I have seen paragraph two of my post quite a few times.

  2. Once again, the lack of action before the video was posted on YouTube demonstrates the key role that citizens videotaping now plays in detecting and deterring police abuse. We previously discussed how high-ranking officials like Cook County States Attorney Anita Alvarez to prosecute citizens for filming police in public.”

    When is a cop gang beating not a copy gang beating?

    When there is no sound in the forest.

  3. 1. Police officers and their superiors don’t care about laws.
    2. If they want to stop you recording their criminal behavior they will arrest you, taze you, torture you and put you in jail where they can do a body cavit search before they may be forced to let you go or may be they will charge you and you will have to drain your bank account to defend yourself from the illegal arrest.
    3. Nothing will happen in most cases to the police because police officers, their superiors and prosecutors don’t care about the law it is all about protecting their own.

  4. Suspended? How? By a rope around their necks?

    Taking them “off duty” is not enough. If I violently beat up someone I thought had stolen from me, I’d be arrested and go to prison. Why shouldn’t those three idiots?

    Pi…”cops” are supposed to know the law. They should be held to a higher standard and face stiffer punishment when they commit crimes. Instead, they’re given slaps on the wrist.

  5. We have not moved very far from the caves of our ancestors.
    This is pack mentality, it is a human trait. I imagine on the savannahs of our past it was a survival technique, necessary and conducive for survival.

    We have far to go. ……….

    OT These traits are embedded in us still.
    Often called upon by political speakers, to inflame our “savannah mentality”
    “Kill em all let god sort em out” and many other caveman sayings, are used today. Civilization has room to grow.
    Evilization is a manipulative tool it appeals to the animal instinct in us all.
    ……. See Nazis etc. for an example.

  6. Let’s hope that justice, real justice will eventually prevail. Fortunately, there is a video record to help that occur.

  7. As Darren says: ” I guess there is some sort of psychological need to get the guy like in a hunt. ”

    This is a “need” only in the most ruthless, animalistic way. If officers are not properly prepared to execute their jobs, they shouldn’t be officers. Period.

    Maybe it’s gone too far, and this is SOP.

  8. These oficers should be in hand cuffs and dismissed from the force. Along with any administrator who knew about the incident.

  9. This is the second post involving Bridgeport in the past week. The first was the crystal meth padre. As I said, this is one of those longtime corrupt mid sized cities that’s been so for generations. Just up the road is another incredibly corrupt city of Waterbury. One party rule corrupts absolutely.

  10. Some of the dog comments above are unjustified. Refer to the perps as pigs but not dogs. Us dogs, when employed by the cop agencies, do not run people down and bite them We smell them and bark. Now these pigs need to be prosecuted and then at the same time the victim needs to sue them in federal court. That Taser is a deadly weapon by the way. If ya dont think so coppo we will depose your mother in the context of the civil rights lawsuit and after you get done stating that a taser is harmless we will taze yur momma with the court reporter taking it all down.

    The guy was escaping because he knew they were going to beat the crap out of him.

    The video will help in the civil rights suit.

    Dont give these igPays a job collecting garbage either. Gettem off the city payroll.

  11. If the suspect was laying down and not a threat, the second office to arrive and kick him should be charged with assault. If he was not threatening in any way (which looks to be the case but one can never be sure). This is a clear assault, charge him and let the jury decide.

  12. Each kick to the victim should be a year in jail for the Law Enforcement Offender. Did the local news channels play the video for their viewers? If I lived there and they did not, then I would boycott them forever. Perhaps jail is not the correct method of punishment here for the perps. Maybe we need to go back to corporal punishment. Let the victim’s family and friends go to the prison and kick the perps in the head once a week for a year.

  13. The perp, a Latino man, is serving a 5-year sentence in that incident for having a gun on him during a high-speed police chase. This incident happened in 2011 not recently. They chased him to a zoo where he got out and ran WITH the gun! The arresting officers where a Latino, Caucasian, and a African-American. The perp’s brother found out about the YouTube video recently and probably saw dollar signs. The perp is NO SAINT! Yes the Bridgeport Police have some problems; but with bad guys running from police, endangering other’s lives, has a gun on him which he could have shot someone (maybe even a cop), and then he fails to submit and has to be tasered. Well do the math. Cops are people too. They make mistakes. But when you are a bad guy then follow Barreta’s old theme (old American TV cop show): “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time…”

    I think the perp is damn lucky that’s all he got as it could have been much worse for a *potential* cop-killer…

  14. The perp’s brother found out about the YouTube video recently and probably saw dollar signs. The perp is NO SAINT.

    Well shiver me timbers!!!!! Who da thunk the cops have to deal with bad guys, stupid guys and downright A-holes.

    If this was my world, I would double cops pay, quadruple their training, and octupple their accountability.
    These type of actions continue, because they are allowed by superiors.
    The guy was down, tasered, and submitted. …..THEN he was kicked.
    Nothing was gained by the caveman behavior of the officers.

  15. I work for a law enforcement agency in a completely different state and I am NOT a police officers but my job means I am with them all the time for the past 7 yrs. There is good and bad in everyone and there are good and bad officers. More good than you would think. But the media gives us what we want. This is not to say I approve at all of this behavior (this is wrong) just that it’s not all there is. And I hate to see people think so negatively of large group on a few people’s actions.

    As far as the suspended part- it is required by all agencies to suspend an ofc until the investigation is complete. Otherwise if they fire them and then there is no fault that officer sues and gets your tax money. Then you would be complaining about something else. Learn to relax and not focus on the bad in life, people.

    Now, I am sure most of you will gripe about the bad officer in this video but think about how good of a person and how strong moras the female officer must have. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4u3okjJugo

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