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Friday, August 15, 2014

A Bridgeport, Connecticut, police officer has been indicted after being caught on video appearing to stomp a downed suspect's head and neck, federal prosecutors said Friday. Clive Higgins was due in court on Friday to be arraigned on the felony charge of using unreasonable force during the 2011 arrest, the U.S. Attorney's Office for Connecticut said. In a widely circulated eyewitness video, officers Elson Morales and Joseph Lawlor can be seen kicking the suspect repeatedly while he is on the ground. Then Higgins arrives in his car, gets out and appears to stomp the downed suspect around the head and neck.

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Morales and Lawlor pleaded guilty in June to misdemeanor civil rights charges stemming from the assault. As part of the plea deal, they agreed to resign from the police force.

"The use of unreasonable force during an arrest is not only a clear violation of an individual's civil rights, but also gravely undermines the community's trust in law enforcement," U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly said at the time.

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I just love how every cop that showed up, had to get a few kicks in on a perp that was already handcuffed and laying on the ground.

And the taxpayer's will pick up the tab for their ignorant stupidity once again.

#1 | Posted by 726 at 2014-08-14 10:16 AM | Reply | Flag:

"I just love how every cop that showed up, had to get a few kicks in on a perp that was already handcuffed and laying on the ground."

The best you can expect from any cop is to look the other way without participating in the actual violence.

But people still forward this "few bad apples" crap.

#2 | Posted by Sully at 2014-08-14 10:35 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

I just love how every cop that showed up, had to get a few kicks in on a perp that was already handcuffed and laying on the ground.

seriously. it's like a secret handshake to prove you're part of the club.

#3 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-08-14 03:17 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

...and it only took 3 years to get to court!

#4 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-08-14 03:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

I just feel bad for all the other people arrested and abused who didn't have video evidence to prove their claims.

But now the pseudo intellectual claptrap is to claim video evidence is meaningless.

#5 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-08-14 08:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

"The best you can expect from any cop is to look the other way without participating in the actual violence.

But people still forward this "few bad apples" crap.

#2 | Posted by Sully "

An interesting parallel concept might read:

The best you can expect from any black protester is to look the other way without participating in the actual violence.

But people still forward this "few bad apples" crap.

#6 | Posted by channelabe at 2014-08-15 10:12 AM | Reply | Flag:

seriously. it's like a secret handshake to prove you're part of the club.

#3 | Posted by BruceBanner"

An interesting parallel concept to apply in this case:

The 'dap' handshake and 'hip' language, membership tokens of a different exclusive social club.

#7 | Posted by channelabe at 2014-08-15 10:16 AM | Reply | Flag:

"The best you can expect from any black protester is to look the other way without participating in the actual violence."

The difference, my dear Einstein, is that protestors are not being paid to enforce the law. A protestor who isn't obligated to stop law breaking when he sees it. A cop is obligated to stop law breaking, even by other cops. And by ignoring his duty he becomes complicite in the crime.

#8 | Posted by Sully at 2014-08-15 10:18 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

Should I not have done that? I tell you, I gotta plead ignorance on this thing, because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing is frowned upon... you know, cause I've worked in a lot of offices, and I tell you, people do that all the time. Best George Costanza line ever.

#9 | Posted by visitor_ at 2014-08-15 10:37 AM | Reply | Flag:

it's the bad cops like these guys that give the half-dozen-or-so good cops a bad name...

#10 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-08-15 10:37 AM | Reply | Flag:

The best you can expect from any cop is to look the other way without participating in the actual violence.

That just might be because if you are not part of the club then when you are getting the beat down they will let it happen... I'm not saying it's right and I think these guys are getting off way too lightly. There should be stiff penalties for Police Officer who abuse subdued suspects, perpetrators and people in general. As a Police Officer you have a special obligation to society...

#11 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-08-15 10:41 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

here should be stiff penalties for Police Officer who abuse subdued suspects, perpetrators and people in general.

There are. The problem is an issue of credibility as most times the beatings happen when there are two witnesses: the cops and the accused and the accused rarely gets any credibility against the word of the Thin Blue Line.

#12 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-15 10:43 AM | Reply | Flag:

#12 | Posted by kanrei

Morales and Lawlor aren't getting squat:
Morales and Lawlor pleaded guilty in June to misdemeanor civil rights charges stemming from the assault. As part of the plea deal, they agreed to resign from the police force.

They were all caught on video. I seen someone purpose that officers need to wear video cameras. Maybe they should. I don't want to micromanage their interactions but it's cases like this that make it clear all too often the police are just as bad or worse than the people they are subduing.

#13 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-08-15 10:54 AM | Reply | Flag:

pleaded guilty in June to misdemeanor civil rights charges

The DA's office is what allowed them to plead to a lesser and joke charge. The DA is part of that same Thin Blue Line.

#14 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-15 10:57 AM | Reply | Flag:

The problem is that you have cops policing cops and prosecutors who depend on those cops to build cases being the ones prosecuting them. We need an independent board to police the police.

Who watches the Watchmen?

#15 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-15 10:58 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Who watches the Watchmen"

well, if you click on this link, you do---

www.youtube.com

#16 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-08-15 11:05 AM | Reply | Flag:

#15 | Posted by kanrei

To be clear I do agree. But I also don't believe there is a way to create any such thing as an independent board. Sooner or later it will be part of the problem - quite possibly from the very beginning.

#17 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-08-15 11:08 AM | Reply | Flag:

Sooner or later it will be part of the problem - quite possibly from the very beginning.

It may, but, if designed right (a BIG if I admit), then it would give the public a greater voice and greater insight into the process and abuse of said process of policing the police.

#18 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-15 11:11 AM | Reply | Flag:

...for the record, I think an "always on" camera is invasive and insane.. but a camera a cop must turn on before entering active enforcement I don;t have a problem with.

Cops are people, though. Why do you want to watch them pee?

#19 | Posted by soheifox at 2014-08-15 05:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

I highly doubt they'd be seen peeing on camera. Just because you're on camera doesn't mean it's being reviewed at all times. Just during moments reviewed for evidence. On the other hand, such policy is useless if easily turned off. Furthermore, it's a bodily function everyone has. Honestly, who cares, when we're talking about protecting the common welfare and safety.

#20 | Posted by zeropointnrg at 2014-08-16 03:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

It amazes me that these cops are as stupid as they are especially with all the media and video attention to this type of behavior. They should be fired first of all for stupidity and unreasonable behavior. Finally, they should be treated like anyone else for assaultive behavior.

#21 | Posted by matsop at 2014-08-16 04:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

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