Former Bridgeport officers sentenced to prison in stomping of suspect

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BRIDGEPORT - Two former Bridgeport police officers have been sentenced to prison in the beating of a suspect during an arrest captured on video.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Elson Morales and Joseph Lawlor were each sentenced Thursday to three months in prison.

The video showed other officers beating Orlando Lopez-Soto after he was shot with a stun gun and fell to the ground in a park in May 2011 following a car chase. Prosecutors said Morales used his stun gun a second time after Lopez-Soto was incapacitated and Lawlor kicked him several times.

Morales and Lawlor pleaded guilty in June to deprivation of rights under color of law. Both have resigned from the Bridgeport police department.

A third officer charged in the beating, Clive Higgins, was acquitted at trial.

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