From Dan Tepfer and Mike Mayko, CT Post:
Just days after a vicious beating by Bridgeport police drew 80,000 viewers on YouTube, NAACP leaders are calling for the arrest and firing of the three cops involved, while lawyers for the apparent victim filed a $1 million lawsuit.
“We want the immediate arrests of the three men who conducted this massive and brutal beating of a downed man,” said Scot X. Esdaile, statewide head of the NAACP. “We are calling upon the FBI, the State Police and the Bridgeport Police to effectuate this arrest immediately and the city of Bridgeport to terminate these officers.”
Esdaile said he has watched the video and sees “a black man, a white man and a Hispanic man” repeatedly stomp and kick a man giving no resistance.
“These three men should be treated like common thugs because that’s what they are, thugs,” Esdaile said.
Two of the three cops have previously been accused in lawsuits and complaints with beating people in custody, but have no record of being disciplined by the Police Department.
“I have clients telling me all the time that they have been beaten by police officers,” said attorney Sam Kretzmer, who represents the victim in this case, Orlando Lopez-Soto. “But I tell them there is not much that can be done because it’s their word against the cop. But now we have a video and a video doesn’t lie.”
Kretzmer said her client’s family only recently learned about the video, which was taken with a cell phone camera from about 50 feet away in Beardsley Park.
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