From Tara O’Neill, CT Post:
Body camera footage of an incident city officials say prompted the firing of a 20-year veteran of the Bridgeport police force appears to show the officer grab a woman roughly by the neck and strike her several times on or near her head.
The termination of Richard Cretella, who joined the department in August 2000, was announced in a brief press release from Acting Police Chief Rebeca Garcia on Jan. 19.
“Officer Cretella engaged in inappropriate behavior that is not reflective of the department and will not be condoned or tolerated,” Garcia said in a statement. “It is clear that Officer Cretella engaged in utilizing excessive force during an incident involving a city of Bridgeport resident.”
The city did not release any more information at the time. But more than an hour and a half of footage appears to show a violent interaction between Cretella and an unidentified woman.
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