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New Haven CT - Meriden Police Officer Evan Cossette who pleaded not guilty to charges of excessive force and obstructing justice now wants the video of his crime withheld from the jury. Mr Hassett motion stated that 8 to12 seconds before Mr Temich was pushed off of his feet were missing.
Ramond M. Hassett's motion to preclude the video from being played to the jury was denied by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton.
Pictured Raymond Hassett (Left)
Evan Cossett (Right)
Evan Cossett standing over his victim Pedro Temich
The FBI is expected to have the dispatcher who called 911 testify about what she saw on the live video feed, which led her to call an ambulance.
After being pushed by Cossette, Temich fell backward and cracked his skull open on a concrete bench at the back of the holding cell rendering him unconscious. The videotape shows Cossette entering the cell several times and moving Mr Temich around. Emergency personnel were dispatched and took Temich, who had serious head injuries, to a local hospital where he received 18 staples to close the wound caused by this Bully with a Badge.
Cossette is charged with using unreasonable force and obstruction of a federal investigation, and faces a maximum of 30 years in prison and a $500,000 fine if convicted. 10 years for unreasonable force and a 250,000 fine and 20 years for obstruction of a federal investigation and a 250,000 fine.
Cossette wrote in his report that he felt threatened by the Mr Temich, who was handcuffed behind his back. Hassett said the missing portion of the tape is potentially important because Cossette claims that Temich was abusive to him as they were walking to the cell, which would have been captured on that tape.
IMO All that would prove is Officer Cossette would have had a personal motive for injuring Mr. Temich.
When interview by internal affairs, Cossette said that as he opened the holding cell door, Temich "Spun around and invaded my personal space."
"I became fearful that Mr. Temich was going to continue to be combative and possibly head-butt me or even kick me as he attempted to do at the scene,'' Cossette told Caponigro during the interview.
Internal affairs investigation by the late Caponigro found that Cossette had used unnecessary force, but at an administrative hearing, Deputy Chief Timothy Topulos overruled Caponigro's findings and simply reprimanded Cossette and add four hours of additional training on police brutality.
Timothy Topulos who overruled Officer Caponigro's findings
Emergency Medical Technicians tending to Mr Temich
Bully with a Badge Evan Cossette leaving court
The video came to light only after fellow police Officers Brian Sullivan and Donald Huston wrote letters to the city officials claiming that Cossette was receiving preferential treatment within the department because of nepotism.
So basically if those two officers had not tattled on Cossette this injustice easily could have been and potentially was covered up.
By Neil Perry
A CopWatchers Media Company
Cossette is on paid administrative leave from the department pending the outcome of the case.
Jury selection is scheduled for May 7, with the trial expected to start on May 28 and last about six days.
Federal Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven has picked all of the jurors that will preside over the police brutality case of Meriden police officer Evan Cossette.
Judge Arterton selected 10 men and four women during a jury selection period that ended Tuesday 5/14 The trial is set to start in May and end no later than June 7 2013.
Evan Cossette, son of Police Chief Jeffry Cossette is thought to have gotten special treatment by police brass because of who his father is. The report although finding significant evidence to charge Cossette was overturned based on nepotism and not facts.
Evan "I'm gonna knock you out" Cossette
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