Officer In Brutality Case Testifies He Is Surprised Suspect Fell

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Evan Cossette

Evan Cossette is photographed walking into federal court in New Haven on Friday morning before testifying. (Patrick Raycraft, Hartford Courant)

NEW HAVEN – The Meriden police officer charged with violating the civil rights of a suspect after he was seen on video pushing the handcuffed man into a cell testified Friday that he is surprised the suspect fell and that he did not intend to injure him.

Evan Cossette, 26, is accused of pushing Pedro Temich backwards into a cell on May 1, 2010, then lying about the incident in reports he filed. A videotape shows Temich facing Cossette with hands handcuffed behind his back and Cossette pushing him, causing him to fall backward.

Read the full story by Courant reporter Dave Altimari on www.courant.com.

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