White Meriden Police Officer Accused of Cracking Skull of Handcuffed, Compliant Latino Man Wants Video Excluded in Trial
Police Officer Evan Cossette is presently charged with police brutality and obstruction of justice charges following an investigation into a 2010 incident in which he shoved a handcuffed Latino prisoner, Pedro Temich into a jail cell, cracking the his skull on concrete. He then attempted to cover it up. Unbeknoest to Cossette a video tape shows Cossette entering the cell at least six times and moving the unconscious Temich around, twice propping him up against the bench and another time putting him back on the floor so that the man's handcuffs could be removed. [MORE]. The incident wasn't reported to police administrators until six weeks later. [MORE]
Now with the support of his fellow white officers & the police union he is trying to convince a white judge to exclude the video of his crime. He is the son of Police Chief Jeffry Cossette. More on white collective power [HERE]
From [HERE] Police Officer Evan Cossette, accused of excessive force for his treatment of a Latino prisoner in lockup, is trying to prevent prosecutors from using a video of the incident as evidence during his trial, saying the recording was altered to leave out key moments of the confrontation.
A lawyer for Cossette asked a federal judge in New Haven last week to bar the video from evidence. Cossette has pleaded not guilty to charges of brutality and obstruction of justice. Jury selection is set to begin May 7. The trial starts May 28.
The videotape shows Cossette pushing the handcuffed prisoner, Pedro Temich, backward into the jail cell, causing Temich to cut open his head on a concrete bench. The indictment calls it a "firm shove" of the "compliant and handcuffed" Temich, causing him to fall back. Temich was taken to MidState Medical Center in Meriden and required 12 stitches in the back of his head.